The flowers of thought have a similar flavor to the vegetables and peas remember.
The pansies are the result of multiple hybridization, natural or developed by the companies that market. There is a very large number of varieties of thought, therefore, the color palette available to us is also very wide. Some are edible and scented, and is therefore used in the kitchen.
Viola tricolor is a wild plant of the purple family from which hybrids have been created as the viola x witrokkiana very commercialized. This is a herbaceous plant of between 10 and 30 centimeters tall. The leaves are simple, alternate and lanceolate with toothed margin. The flowers are solitary and irregular, and consists of five sepals, five petals and five stamens. These can be white, purple, yellow or blue.
Season: January to December
Features / Benefits: The flowers of thought have a diuretic effect, tonics, expectorants and skin due to its saponin, mucilage composed galacturònic acid, phenols and many pigments as vitexin, Orientina, violantina, vicenina, violaxanthin and antocianòcids. Should be added derivatives containing salicylic that reinforce these actions, and that the mucilage, are slightly laxative.
Preparation and consumption: In the kitchen, flowers are not a new trend but goes back to times before Christ. Flowers usually surprised the guests with their fresh and unusual flavor. Although mostly used for decorative, bright colors and attractive smell that stimulate the senses.