“You can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.”
~ Hal Borland
The violets have been blooming the last couple of weeks and I've taken the opportunity to play with this pretty plant. (I'm not quite sure what kind of violet is growing around here. I'm fairly certain it is the common blue violet and not the sweet violet but I'll have to go and look more closely at the plant for distinguishing markers.)
I'm drying leaves to make a tea.
And here are some pictures of my first time making syrup with the flowers. Most of the recipes I found called for white sugar and lemon juice. Since I have neither, I used honey as this recipe calls for (using the flowers, but not the leaves for this syrup).
Freshly picked violet flowers.
Violet syrup! (Notice the colour change.)
After reading this forum I topped the syrup off with a little alcohol to prevent it from fermenting.
I also made violet vinegar using this recipe, and adjusted for the amounts I had on hand.
I just love how gorgeous this colour is! The taste is so delicate and very pleasant.
If you have violets blooming, why not try one of these recipes out, throw some flowers in your next salad or use the leaves for tea. Here are some more violet recipes. Enjoy!