Getting Creative in the Kitchen with Wild Edible Violets This Spring

| 4/3/2019 10:32:00 AM

Wild Violets (Viola Odorata) are a common “weed” found in most lawns, gardens and plant beds across North America.  They are seen by most as a tough, hard to kill invasive weed.  And although they have this bit of a bad reputation, you may learn to love violets after reading and learning how to use them in your kitchen for edible and medicinal purposes. 

Violets are truly such beautiful flourishing plants that are native to North America and can provide for a lovely dish garnish and added nutritious snack.  The flowers and leaves of the plant are edible and can be used in salads, cooked, made into jellies, candied, and can even make a delicious violet simple syrup for baking or making sparkling drinks or cocktails. 

violet flowers
Photo by Kristy Severin

This year, I took my kids outside for a "wild violet hunt" and we found hundreds of beautiful violets and made a delicious violet and blueberry cake.  We decorated the cake with our violets and it was a fun and delicious way to celebrate the beginning of Spring and the lovely flowers that are coming into bloom.  

So, the next time you see a patch of wild violets, grab a few for a quick snack or take some time to celebrate and make a beautiful and fun violet and blueberry cake!

violet and blueberry cake
Photo by Kristy Severin

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