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Scented Geranium Sugar

by FigTree

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Scented Geraniums can be used for more than just looking pretty. Use it to spice up your sugar and have an easy afternoon kid's gardening camp project.

We know you're trying to cut the sugar out of your diet, but we're going to do our best to keep you sweet!  This rainy day afternoon sugar project is sure to liven up your tea or sweeten a piece of toast with butter with a quick and simple sprinkle of scented geranium sugar.

All you need is some scented geraniums, sugar, and a canning jar.  Follow our steps below, and don't forget to brush your teeth!

1. Clip a few leaves from either a rose- or lemon-scented geranium. Look for bright green, healthy leaves with no brown marks. After you remove the leaves from the plant, snip away excess stem.


2. Wash the leaves in a bowl of cold water. Be sure to rub gently to remove any soil or other material from the leaf surface. Do not use soap and do not use any leaves that may have been sprayed with a chemical pesticide.


3. Dry the leaves between two sheets of paper towel. Gently dab away all the moisture until the leaves are completely dry. Scented geranium leaves are kind of hairy so it may take a while to get them completely dry.


4. Get a clean canning jar and add an inch or so of sugar to the bottom. Then add one of your leaves and cover with another inch of sugar. Repeat the process until the jar is full.


5. Seal the jar by screwing the lid on tight. If you like, you can add your own label to the outside of the jar that indicates what flavor sugar you've created. Store the jar in cool, dry location and in a few weeks the sugar will begin to take on the flavor and fragrance of the leaves.


Scented geraniums come in many fragrances. Here are some our faves in the lemon and rose-scented varieties:

Lemon-Scented geraniums
'Lemon Crispum'
'Lemon Crispum Major'
'Big Lemon'
'Frensham Lemon'

Rose-Scented geranium
'Old Rose'
'Rober's Lemon Rose'
'Chicago Rose'
'Attar of Roses'


kids project, kids gardening, sugar, Geraniums


Cool! Do you think it would work with Lemon Verbena?
gardengirl commented on 10/13/09
jeez- i don't know... anyone else know?
FigTree replied: on 10/13/09
Why not? I also think it would be interesting to try this with mint! Although, the nice thing about scented geraniums is that the leaves are tough, so they won't break down to quickly. Seems like this would be important since it takes a couple of weeks for the scent to infiltrate the sugar...
hamachi replied: on 10/14/09
Thanks - I might give it a try and will let you know!
gardengirl replied: on 10/14/09
umm has anyone seen the coconut geranium... sounds like that would be YUMMY!
FigTree replied: on 10/14/09