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SINGING IN THE GARDEN

Flowers
A FEAST OF

Text and art by GINNY NEIL

I

t's summer, so let the feast of flowers begin. You read
that right. Eating flowers is a thing. Go ahead. Sprinkle some petals on your plate and add a little variety
and a great deal of color to your meal.
I was in my Nature Girl phase the first time I tried
this frivolous feast. I had just finished reading "Stalking the Wild Asparagus" by Euell Gibbons, a very
famous flower-eater, and he swore that the common daylilies, Hemerocallis fulva, growing along the edge of my
driveway, were delicious.
This bright orange flower, which my mother called a
backhouse lily, was originally brought over from Asia. Al-

though it decorates ditches in the Appalachians, it is considered invasive. You know the saying, "When God hands
you daylilies, eat them." So,
rather than try to control
it, I decided to add it to my
salads.
I ran outside and
plucked a few buds from
the slender stalks swaying
beside my front gate. The
result was like eating a cross
3 cups fresh-picked
between a snail and a raw
wild violet flowers (only
purple flowers)

WILD
VIOLET
JELLY

2 tbsp fresh squeezed
lemon juice
3 cups cane sugar
2 boxes pectin (57
grams each)

A rose by any other name would taste just as sweet... -Ginny
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DIRECTIONS
Place flowers into a
bowl and pour 4 cups
of boiling water over,
stirring to release air
bubbles. Cover and
keep out of bright light
24 hours.
Strain liquid through
cheesecloth or coffee
filter.
Mix 3½ cups of the
violet liquid with the
lemon juice, then bring
to a boil and let boil
one minute. Add sugar
and pectin, bring back
to a hard boil. Boil one
minute.
Remove from
heat and skim top as
needed.
Pour into sterilized
jars, seal, and process 5
mins. in boiling water.
Spread on buttered
toast and enjoy!


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