There are many, many species of wild violets to be found, in beautiful combinations of white, blue, & purple. Growing just around me, I most frequently see New England Violet (Viola novae-angliae,) Sweet White Violet (Viola blanda,) Blue violets (Viola Tribola,) & Purple violets (Viola palmata.) All have similar flavor & properties. Both their heart-shaped leaves & flowers are used medicinally, in the kitchen & in cosmetics. Violets contain high amounts of both Vitamins C & A, have been traditionally used for digestion & respiratory issues. There are current medical studies underway investigating wild violets for treating cancers & diabetes [pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=Viola+odorata ]
Wild Violet Crème de Violette
1 cup fresh violets
[can substitute dried flowers: ½ cup by volume or roughly 5g]
Peel of an orange
1 cup sugar
1 TBS honey
1 ½ c brandy
1 ½ c water
1 whole vanilla bean
This is crafted yearly in this house! I personally prefer it to store-bought in my cocktails. And who wouldn’t appreciate being able to skip the $60 price tag Crème de Violette usually carries! Do let me know if you give this recipe a try & please share what you think & how you use it!
Until next time -- Take care & take time to #StopAndEatTheFlowers
5/18/2021 03:18:10 pm
I love them and there is a plethora of them this year...
5/18/2021 06:48:23 pm
Hello! Pansies & Johnny Jump Ups are indeed in the same family & are edible as well. They have an interesting flavor, but not the same medical properties. Do let meknow how the flavor turns out with out the brandy notes behind it! Cheers!
4/13/2022 03:50:58 pm
So I'm making this liqueur and I've had it steeping for about a week in a half. Is is an absolute necessity to steep it for 3 weeks or could I get away with using it prematurely?
4/14/2022 08:07:01 am
Hello! You can absolutely use it sooner--however, the flavor will not be as developed as it would it you allow a longer steeping time. Cheers! & let us know how it turns out!
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