Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I like pansies (or Johny Jump-ups), they're perfect table decorations - and they're edible. They taste like (picks a pansy flower and puts in mouth) bubble gum. The first time I tried I was surprised, I thought that kind of taste was born in the labs of the candy industry. But it isn't a big surprise, violets was used as medicine for a long time and to make them easier to eat the apothecaries started to suger coat them. The sugar coated violets became so popular people started to eat them as candy (I wonder what the doctors and apthecaries said about that). Since pansies are a kind of violets they probably became a part in the process, and the taste lingers 'till today,
Did you know, by the way, that marshmallows started out as a medicine made from a special kind of mallow growing at marshes? Perhaps it's time to do a full study on easter candy to see how much of it that is old remedies. A plus for you who thought about liquorice while reading this (liquorice is a laxative).