Candied Edible Flowers


Today was a very wet and chilly day. We really needed a pick-up and needed to do something springy. We went outside for a little fresh air and noticed our wild violets were in bloom. We picked some to candy.

We also picked Johnny Jump Ups, pansies and geraniums.

To candy your petals you need egg whites (the freshest you can get), fine sugar, edible flowers, parchment paper and paint brushes.

Dip the paint brush in the egg white and coat the flowers.
Dip the flowers in the sugar until they are evenly coated.

Place the flowers on a sheet of parchment paper until they are dry (about an hour). Place the flowers in a container and put in the refrigerator until ready for use.


Fauna likes the candied geraniums the best.


Araina likes the violets.

Make sure you have positively identified the flowers before eating them, many flowers are not meant to be consumed. Also, just because a flower petal is edible, the leaves or roots may not be. For a great resource and list of edible flowers visit What’s Cooking America.

24 responses to “Candied Edible Flowers”

  1. the little travelers

    these are so pretty!

  2. Jenna aka Town&Country Mouse, formerly Citygirl

    Yum!!! Love your blog. Click on over to see what the kids and I made with our wildflowers/weeds (in our family a weed is just a plant growing where you don’t want it)–we made dandelion fritters and fairy salad. clearly, next we’ll need to make candied violets!
    http://doublevee-doublevee.blogspot.com/2009/04/fairy-tea.html

  3. Mona

    Well, I was doing the same thing – on the opposite sides of the world – simultaneously! :) How fun!
    Thanks for visiting my blog!

  4. sgaissert

    Thanks for the memories! My daughter and her friend made and ate candied violets years ago. It was a lovely day.

  5. Artistmama

    Mmmmmm.

  6. Such Lovely Freckles

    I may have mentioned it a few hundred times before, but I LOVE your blog!!!

  7. Joy

    This looks like fun!

  8. Tara

    This activity is for me! I can see these adorning the top of my white chocolate/blueberry three layer cake!!

    Lovely idea :)

  9. Mariah

    Looks beautiful and delicious! This is another activity that my girls will love…

  10. Tammy

    Oh my gosh! This is such a fabulous idea…I can’t wait to try this with my girls!!! :)

  11. dongdong

    That is great, Lisa! I love that your girls are adventurous. :)

    I’m not sure mine would… but I would. oh, J said she would. Prime said he would have the sugar.

  12. Melissa

    So when does adult nature camp start? Sign me up!

  13. Siayla

    As a child I always loved having salad at my step moms as she would always top with Borage flowers. I’ve never tried to candy flowers but this looks like another fun idea!

  14. Mom and Kiddo

    What a fascinating idea.

  15. Lisa

    They look so pretty! We eat a lot of flowers in our summer salads! So yummy!

  16. Shady Lady

    I am so impressed at your knowledge of flowers (and mushrooms). I have no clue about any of it. I can tell a rose from a daisy, but that’s about it…well, maybe I’m not that bad, but close. 😉 Perhaps Princess will develop an interest in learning about flowers and I can learn something as well.

  17. Leanne

    Beautiful Spring sweetness….so pretty and delicious!

  18. kristen

    Wow! You and your girls are always doing amazing things!

  19. sunnymama

    You have so many fantastic ideas! Thanks for this one, and the link to the list of edible flowers. Your candied edible flowers are so pretty!

  20. Lisa

    Stephanie, told ya that we were on the same wavelength!

  21. LivingSimply

    I have official learned something new today! Thank you for enlightening me!

  22. Lisa

    Thanks and lol Peggy. We are huge wild edible fans…I am ALWAYS testing my girls about the plants. Fauna has gotten really good about identifying the edibles and non-edibles; I even trust her on her own now. This has scared some people but has also fascinated others.

  23. Peggy

    You know what is so incredibly awesome about you? That you have one post on eating mushrooms followed by one on eating flowers, and you casually mention that one should responsibly take these things on. I love that quote about eating mushrooms once.

    Me? I am all hemming and hawing on letting my girls poke themselves with a needle! You are the best ever!

  24. Stephanie

    Hey!
    We were just talking the other day about candying violets!
    Yay!!