Every child I know loves edible flowers. Personally, my experience was restricted to broccoli and cauliflower. And, of course, in Germany we ate dandelions. As kids we used to suck on common sorrel which in German is called Sauerampfer. “Sauer” for “Sour” which is a very fitting name. I still remember that distinct mouth-puckering flavor. But then the city mouse came to American farm country and learned all about violas and pansies and now we eat lots. It’s a great way to get my kid to eat a salad.
Pansies are called “Stiefmuetterchen” in German which means “little step mothers“. I haven’t yet found out why. There are many different explanations. I’d like to believe that it has to do with some fairy tale. The blossom crunchies below are sweet, crunchy and look delicious.