In honor of this spring's freshest trend, I wanted to make a post all about pansy flowers and different was to enjoy them!
- The name pansy is from the French word pensie, meaning thought or remembrance
- They are delicate flowers that look like they have a "face"
- Pansies are both fragrant and edible!
- Both the flowers and leaves are high in vitamins A & C
- Their genus; viola; also includes violets
- The yellow or blue pansy flowers seem to have the strongest scent
- Plants in the genus viola were cultivated by the Greeks for herbal medicinal use
- In William Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream, the juice of a pansy blossom ("before, milk-white, now purple with love's wound, and maidens call it love-in-idleness") is a love potion
- Pansies are the flower of Osaka, Japan
Ways you can use and enjoy pansies:
- Both the leaves and flowers can be used as a garnish for salads
- The flowers can be used as garnish on cold fruit or cream soups
- The flowers are also useful as a dye
- Plant a variety of colors in pots or a garden
- Choward's mints make a violet-flavored variety
- Snatch up AP's new print ("Sugar Pansy") or search for IW's older pansy print
|AP's Sugar Pansy print|
|IW's Antique Pansy print|