“What if” questions often lead us to wild science adventures. (Admittedly, my definition of “wild” changed slightly since I had kids). So recently when we successfully extracted chlorophyll from maple leaves (read about it here), the natural “what if” question that floated to my mind was “what if we take the extracted chlorophyll and put it back into the plant?” “Would the white flowers turn green, if we stick them into extracted chlorophyll?” In other words, can we use chlorophyll as a coloring agent?
Plant Science: Chlorophyll as a coloring agent
What you need:
To extract the color from the spinach, I put a bag of washed spinach in a food processor. (I washed it because at this point I was still thinking; mmm maybe there will be some left for me to eat), but if you are not planning to eat this spinach, you can skip washing. I blended spinach until it was completely processed into a foamy green … (Is it just me or it bears a stunning resemblance to pond slime?)
I started straining spinach mush through a cheesecloth in the following manner (warming: your fingers will turn green and stay green).
So, now we had chlorophyll extracted from spinach and chlorophyll extracted from maple leaves with alcohol. To make it even more exciting we decided to add one more glass tinted green with green sprinkles. (I don’t know how these particular sprinkles made it into our house since I don’t let my kids consume things like that).