Violets, One Of The First Signs Of Spring
I know it's spring, when I see violets
I love when violets first open up, their bright purple flowers dot the lawn and let me know it's spring.
On closer look, violets come in many different varieties. In fact, there are white violets and yellow violets. Get up close, they have a clean sweet smell, but not so sweet that the aroma is overpowering. Pick a little bouquet and bring the fragrance inside to enjoy.
If you find a field of violets in the spring, you are lucky. They are a free edible. Include them in recipes or use them as decorations. I attended a farm lunch a while back, where the violet petals were in a salad. They taste good and add beautiful color.
Beautiful and fragrant and easy to grow - Easy to grow and spread each year.
Plant some seeds and watch the beautiful violets spring up every spring. They are a low care plant and need little care once established. They will spread rapidly.
Use them in salads to add color. Just remove the stems and wash gently. You can add the whole flower, or taken the petals one by one and add them.
For cake decorating, wash the violets as above but let them air dry a little. They look great decorating a cake or cupcake. If your cake decorating skills aren't up to par, just ice the cake or cupcakes. And arrange few violet flowers on top. I like to put a ring of violets around the edge of a cake iced in yellow or white. If I am feeling really ambitious, I draw stems and leaves on the cake with green decorative icing or gel and them place a violet at the ends of the stems to make it look like a bouquet
My Favorite Teacup - The Victorian Violet pattern
This cup is aptly named Victorian Violets.
Violets were featured on many Victorian items -- china, painted household goods, needlepoint and lithographs
Vintage Violet Postcard
Here's a vintage postcard showing violets with the soft hues common on vintage postcards.
This is an Alfred Mainzer postcard.
Purple and white violets are edible. Yellow are not.
Gather. Pull flowers off. Wash.
Toss into salads for color. Press into icing to decorate cupcakes or cakes.
Honesty, is the best policy. This was incredibly hard to do. All the recipes show these either before the sugar is applied or after they are done. What goes on in between is shown above.
One is supposed to take a toothpick and open each petal up.I guess I wasn't meant to be a petal-picker. I lost patience with this early on.
Northern White Violets, or Viola Macloskeyi (viola pallens)
My Attempt at Making Candied Violets So I Would Have Them Year Round For Decorating FoodClick thumbnail to view full-size
Yellow Violet - Yellow Violets Are Not Edible
My Attempt At Making Ice Cubes With Violets in ThemClick thumbnail to view full-size
I just plopped the violets in an ice cube tray and filled it with water.
As soon as I put the ice cubes in liquid, and the ice cube start melting, the violets separate.
Do find and follow instructions on the internet. Most suggest only filling the cubes halfway up with water. Freeze. Then fill the top half with more water and freeze again. This puts the violets in the middle of the ice cube and they stay longer.
© 2013 Ellen Gregory