Author/Submitted by: The Magic of Herbs, by Jane Newdick,
Typed for you by Karen Mintzias
Powdered gum arabic
Dissolve the gum arabic in the rose water and leave until the solution becomes a paste. Using a small brush, paint each violet all over with the solution, then dip the flowers in superfine sugar. Leave to dry on a wire rack in a warm place. Store the petals in an airtight container, and use them on desserts as an edible garnish.
Both gum arabic and rose water are available from drugstores or cake decorating supply stores.