January 2007

January 2007

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Edible Violets

For those of us with violets still in bloom in our yards, did you know they were edible? Here's a few recipes-
Violet Syrup
Fill any size glass jar with violet blossoms, cover with boiling water, put a lid on the jar and let sit for 24 hours. Strain the liquid, discarding the flowers. To each cup of liquid, add the juice of 1/2 lemon and 2 cups of sugar. Bring to a boil, pour into sterilized jars and seal or cap.
This is a good, light flavored syrup for pancakes. Or, pour a couple of spoonfuls over ice, add cold water and stir. A delightful, colorful beverage.
Violet Jelly
Violet Jelly is a wonderful, pretty, dainty jelly to use on English muffins or saltine crackers. To 2 cups of violet syrup, add the juice of 1 lemon and 1 package of powdered pectin. Bring to a boil, then add 4 cups of sugar. Bring back to a boil and boil hard for 1 minute. Pour into jelly jars and seal. (I used small baby food jars and I stored them in the freezer.)
Sugared Violets
Beat 1 egg white until frothy. Pour some superfine sugar into a bowl. Cover a cookie sheet with wax paper. Holding violets by the stem, dip the flowers in the egg white and then in the sugar. Cover top and bottom of flowers. Place on cookie sheet. Use a toothpick to straighten the petals, if necessary. Place in 200 degree oven for 40 minutes or until sugar crystallizes. (It turns frosty white.) Remove from cookie sheet and place on another piece of wax paper to cool. When cool, cut off stems. Store in airtight container, placing wax paper between layers. Sugared violets should keep in this manner a year or more. Use to decorate cakes and desserts or just serve as candy. (Lilac blossoms can also be sugared.)
Violet Leaves
Violet leaves are rich in vitamin C and vitamin A. They can be eaten in salads or cooked like spinach. Gather the bright green leaves when they are young and tender. Wash thoroughly. Use any way you would use raw spinach.


  1. Hi Bonnie, this is Wildside saying hello and thanks for the comment at my blog!

    As to violets, have always been intrigued by them, especially edibly, as one famous model attributed her wonderful skin to her regular eating of a violet salad!

    Love your sidebar about gardening here and there! What a great way to go.

  2. Oh, I'm so glad that I finally got a chance to catch up on my blog reading because I read a book (while in the hospital with my son) that I think you would LOVE!!! It's called "Garden Spells" by Sarah Addison Allen. It was a Barnes & Noble pick in 2007 and it's about sisters reuniting, romance, and the best part... Gardening with magical edible flowers! See, I told you that you'd love it! It even has an apple tree that throws apples at you! I highly recommend running to the library for this book! I've already read it and I fully intend to buy it, just cause.

  3. CJ, I've made note of the title and plan to look for it at our library. Thanks for the tip.