With summer melons and stone fruit season upon us we thought it might be time for a new fresh fruit salad idea. We have added some lime and raspberry jelly cubes to ours.

As well as being a fun way to encourage children to eat fruit its also great for using any edible flowers you might have in your garden like chive, rosemary, nasturtium or jolly jump ups. We’ve used water, rock and honey-dew melon with pineapple, orange and kiwi. Any shapes work well, try some fun ones for the kids and smart ones for adults.

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3 Responses to Fruit Salad

  1. Tiffany says:

    Hey Prue, what is a jolly jump up? Ive been using edible flowers as part of my wild salads for our Conscious Lifestyles wild food BBQ @ markets & events .. (‘wild’ local native and wholefood focus..check us out/ like us on facebook)..and keep up the good work. Am really tempted by your first cookbook. Hey but you’ve just had a baby so I guess your Mum might get this. Hope its all going well. Congrats!

  2. Hi Tiffany, Jolly jump ups are the wild plant that pansies were created from. They were well known in Shakespears’ time and he wrote about them. In our fruit salad photo they are the yellow/purple flower (the other purple one is a borage flower). The Culinary Library currently has volume 2, Edible Flowers & Leaves, currently being edited ready for publishing and it will be available for sale in a couple of months. I have copied an entry from this for you. Di

    JOHNNY JUMP UP ………………………………
    Viola corpuuta, viola tricolor. This annual or perennial native to Spain and the Pyrenees mountains is the progenitor or forerunner of the pansy. It has long been known as heartsease or wild pansy. The flowers are glorious and range from the brightest to the softest colors of purple, yellow, blue and white with a sweet to bland flavor. Believed to have diuretic and expectorant properties, to aid cystitis, rheumatism and coughs. The Victorians associated this flower with ‘thought’. Jolly Jump Ups are excellent fresh flower addition to any foods or crystallized for cake decoration. Use on cheese plates, sliced fruit, cakes, or salads. They also candy well and look beautiful set in ice.

    • Forgot to mention that Jolly jump ups can be bought from just about any plant shop today including bunnings and mitre-10 and can be grown on your windowsill, in pots or the garden. They are easy to spot, just look for the small yellow/purple 2 or 3 colored miniature pansies.

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