Grow-Your-Own Nasturtium Lollipops

 

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Nasturtiums are a beneficial addition to both a flower bed and a dinner plate because they are not only edible but also contain significant vitamin C and iron. With all of the pollinator and pest-protecting benefits of these flowers, they are a very helpful addition to any garden. The slightly-spicy-but-sweet flavor of this flower is perfect for incorporating into omelettes, salads, and cooked greens.

These nasturtium lollipops are a great summer activity with ingredients you probably have sitting right in your pantry! Not to mention, they're extremely kid-friendly. 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 to 5 nasturtium blossoms (recipe makes approximately 20 lollipops)
  • lollipop sticks (we used long toothpicks)
  • parchment paper

STEPS:

  1. Collect 4 to 5 nasturtium blossoms from the garden (blossoms with smaller petals are preferable).
  2. In a small sauce pan, mix sugar, vinegar, and water on low heat until sugar has completely dissolved (approximately 3 minutes).
  3. Increase heat to bring sugar solution to a boil. Allow the solution to boil without stirring for 15 minutes.
  4. Line a tray with non-stick parchment paper. Carefully remove individual petals from the nasturtium blossom, placing petals and lollipop sticks together on the paper with ample space between each pair. Make sure there is sufficient contact between lollipop stick and petal.
  5. Remove solution from heat until bubbles cease to rise.
  6. Using a small spoon, ladle mixture directly on top of the nasturtium petals.
  7. If necessary, a second round of ladling may allow for sturdier lollies.
  8. Let cool for 30 minutes before removing from parchment paper.

Other options:

  • try lavender, marigolds, violets, or any other edible flowers

  • experiment with natural food coloring and candy flavorings differently colored and flavored lollies

  • use to decorate cakes or other deserts