Eat Your Art Out: Georgia O’Keeffe

I remembered being introduced to Georgia O’Keeffe’s work as a pre-teen through my older cousin Justin. He showed me a book of her paintings and declared that she was his favorite artist…ever. Since I wanted to be just like my older cousin, she naturally became one of my favorite artists as well.

O’Keeffe was known for her large-format paintings of enlarged blossoms of flowers. As one of the most significant artists of the 20th century,  she is considered to be the mother of American Modernism.

I thought of O’Keeffe living in the hot terrains of New Mexico during the later years of her life and decided that I would create Pineapple Honey Basil Popsicles complete with edible flowers!

Light of Iris, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1924

Light of Iris, Georgia O’Keeffe, 1924

I choose pineapple juice as the base flavor for the Pineapple Honey Basil Popsicle because I also love the O’Keeffe’s painting that she created for the Hawaiian Pineapple Company (now known as Dole Foods). The painting was used for their ads.

Pineapple Bud, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1939 (painting commission by the Hawaiian Pineapple Company)

Pineapple Bud, Georgia O’Keeffe, 1939 (painting commission by the Hawaiian Pineapple Company)

Pineapple Honey Basil Popsicles

What you’ll need:

3 cups of freshly squeezed pineapple juice
5-6 basil leaves
2 tablespoons of honey (or agave syrup)
1 small bunch of edible flowers

What you’ll need to do:

In a small pot, combine pineapple juice and basil leaves. Bring the mixture to a slight boil. Remove the basil leaves. Slowly stir in the honey. Once the honey has dissolved, remove the pot from the heat and let it cool. Insert 2 or 3 small edible flowers into each popsicle molds. Pour the cooled mixture into the molds and put it in the freezer for 2 hours.

The Pineapple Honey Basil Popsicle is a natural, sweet treat and is perfect to serve to guests for a daytime gathering. So go ahead and eat your art out!


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