Prior to World War 1 there were over 250 varieties of Scented Geraniums, most being raised in Europe from plants that originated from the Cape of Good Hope South Africa. During WW1 the production of ornamental plants in greenhouses was forbidden, and many of these varieties were lost. Today, there are around 80 varieties of Scented Geraniums.
Scents range from the well-known Citronella and Rose, to lesser known scents such as chocolate mint and nutmeg. Here at Blackberry Bog Farm we have Chocolate Mint, Citronella, Mrs. Taylor, Village Hill Oak, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Ginger, Apricot, True Capitatum and Skeleton Rose.
Besides being pretty, and smelling good, these plants are edible. One unique idea: layer an inch of sugar then geranium leaves, then sugar. The sugar will pick up the oil from the leaves and flavor the sugar. You can also layer them in the bottom of a cake pan to add flavor to the batter. Imagine the goodies you can bake!