Pansies are more than just something pretty to enjoy in a pot.
Late winter, when grocery store tomatoes have little flavor, be creative with salad garnish. Miniature or regular pansies, high in vitamin C, are not only beautiful but delicious.
After picking, wash thoroughly with a vegetable wash to remove any chemicals. Pat dry gently with a clean dish towel.
If you can, use only pansies you've raised yourself so you know the flowers haven't been treated with chemicals. In most growing zones, pansies are perennials and should come back every year with the proper growing conditions.