Taste: Pansies have a mild, lettuce-like flavour and are edible. The flowers have a crisp texture, with an added wintergreen scent and a light mint edge. Likewise, the edible flowers have also been said to hold a vegetable taste with a light mint undertone.
Uses: Pansy edible flowers are used for their appearance and are a great addition to salads or as a garnish to sweet and savoury dishes. Similarly, sprinkle the individual petals over salads or they can be frozen into ice cubes. In addition, the edible flowers can be used to add colour and subtle flavouring to cocktails and hot drinks. Pansies are best suited with a range of different herbs, including thyme, lavender and basil.
Health Benefits: Pressed Pansy edible flowers are part of the Viola family and contain anti-bacterial properties to improve skin, reduce blood pressure and ease cancer. Pansies are also a great source of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidant to strengthen the immune system. Similarly, the flowers were traditionally steeped into hot teas and used to treat dry coughs and sore throats.