Get grownup help when pouring hot water over the flowers.
I have a neighbor who is a Super Mom, even during a pandemic! She posted a brilliant idea for an awesome, seasonal, and delicious kid activity and I just had to share: DIY WILD VIOLET POPSICLES!
First off, did you know that those little purple flowers in your springtime yard are edible? You can use them in salads or as decorative garnish on other dishes, OR…you can turn them into infusions, syrups, and popsicles!
Violets also seem to offer nutritional benefits as well! Poking around the internet suggests that they are high in Vitamins A and C and violet syrup can be used both to sooth coughs and to encourage falling asleep faster…sounds good to me!
But popsicles? That just takes to a whole new fun level. So… Here’s the scoop on violet popsicles:
WHAT YOU NEED:
HOW IT WORKS:
STEP 1: Head out into the yard or go for a walk in a grassy area and hunt for wild violets.
STEP 2: Rinse the flowers and put them in a clean glass jar. Pour boiling water over them and let them steep for 2 hours.
STEP 3: Take a nap!
STEP 4: Strain the flowers. For 1 cup of violet tea add 1/2 cup of sugar and the juice from 1 Lemon. Pour into molds and freeze!
STEP 5. Devour Purpley Goodness.
Enjoy! And share your your food adventures with us @tastequestHQ!
This experiment is so fun between picking flowers, watching the color change with adding lemon juice, and eating the popsicles. The hardest part is the waiting time, so we recommend timing this project so that kids aren’t bored for 3 hours waiting for popsicles to freeze. Make the infusion in the morning, switch activities, freeze the popsicles before lunch, then enjoy as an afternoon treat.
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