Violets are wonderful spring edibles! They can grow abundantly, especially in areas where they are not native. They contain many medicinal and nutritional properties and the ways to enjoy this gift are endless. Unfortunately, these beauties only thrive in the cooler months of spring and will retreat during the hot summer days. Finding ways to preserve their beauty and nourishing properties can be quite simple though! Fresh Violet Simple Syrup is a fun way to capture violet’s unique color and add a little (okay, a lot) of sweetness to your life. Learn more about violets
Wild Violet Simple Syrup Recipe
2 cups freshly picked violet flowers
1 cup water
2 cups granulated sugar
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
- Allow for the fresh violet flowers to sit out after picking. Often times there can be little creatures inside the flowers, so you’ll want to give them time to escape! Pick only 10% of what’s available, this will make the insects and the plant happy.
- Next, place the flowers in a cup or mason jar
- Boil the water and pour over the flowers. Allow the tea to cool, cover, and place in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours. The tea will start to turn a deep blue-purple color.
- Strain the flowers, squeezing out all the extra liquid, and place in a saucepan
- Heat the violet tea until it begins to simmer, at which time briefly take off the stove.
- Now, add the lemon juice. The deep blue tea will instantly turn magenta! You can skip the lemon juice but the color is so worth it. High heat will cause the color to diminish, so it’s important to do this off the stove.
- Place the saucepan back on LOW heat and add the sugar to the pot, stirring continuously, until all the granules have dissolved.
- Once cooled, store in desired glass jar or bottle. This will keep for 1 month in the refrigerator. What a lovely gift this would make!
Add your Violet Simple Syrup to tea, cocktails, seltzer water, lemonade, or other cold beverages. Try making a simple syrup using other fresh herbs or edible flowers such as Elderberry Simple Syrup or Forsythia Syrup