Are Pansy Flowers Edible

If you wanted to know the answer to the question are pansy flowers edible, you need go no farther than Reeser Manley’s article in which he tells the reader that not only are pansies edible, but he mentions a few other flowers that are edible. Reeser says that it can be a fine line between what is ornamental and what is edible in his garden. Some of the flowers reseed themselves every year so that he has flowers growing among the vegetables he plants. The question isn’t are pansy flowers edible, but rather what flowers are edible, what parts, and how much.

Are Pansy Flowers Edible?

Are Pansy Flowers Edible?

Flowers of pansies, related to Johnny-jump-ups, are . . . edible. Eaten alone, the petals have a very mild green or grassy flavor, while entire flowers have a much stronger grassy taste. Pansy flowers can be used in desserts and soups, as well as salads.

I can’t resist sharing this piece of information. The flower’s name comes from the French word “penser”, pronounced pohn-say, meaning to think. The head- on view of a pansy does resemble a face deep in thought. Sorry for the aside. Now back to the article. Reeser has three rules he always follows when using flowering plants for food. They are rules that anyone interested in being adventurous enough to use edible flowers as food should also follow.

As gardeners interested in eating the flowers of these and other plants, we follow three important rules. First, we never use pesticides, even organics, on any plants. Second, we never assume that all parts of a plant with edible flowers are edible. For example, elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) flowers are edible, but all other parts of the plant, including uncooked berries, are poisonous. Once cooked, however, the berries are harmless and often used in making jams, jellies and elderberry wine. Third, we use flowers sparingly in salads and other recipes. Large quantities often lead to digestive disorders. For example, you should use daylily petals sparingly as they can act as a laxative when eaten in excess. And Johnny-jump-ups should always be eaten in small amounts, primarily as a garnish, as they contain saponins which in large quantities can be toxic.

Reeser mentions two additional flowers that he uses as food, namely calendulas and nasturtiums. He says that they are relatively easy to grow and often reseed themselves. You can read the rest of his article by clicking here. Does this article answer the question are pansy flowers edible? Let us know if you would be up to trying to include the pansy or other edible flowers in your diet, and like us on Facebook.


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