in full bloom right now
They are rich in Vitamins A & C.
AKA….Viola Odorata; Viola Tri-color; Common Meadow Violet; Wild Pansy; Field Violet; Johnny Jump-ups; Sweet Violet…..
All members of the Viola family are edible and they also possess some wonderful medicinal properties
The roots, the leaves and the blossoms are all beneficial but most of the common uses call for the leaves and flowers.
Best time to collect is in the mornings when they’re fully open.
The leaves and blossoms are a beautiful and tasty addition to any salad.
You can also use the leaves and blossoms to create:
Violet Jelly and Jam
Violet Water Mist
Enjoy them while they’re in bloom. The spring is the best time for the leaves as later in the year they tend to get a bit more bitter and acquire a slightly tougher texture.
Always watch where you pick so that you’re not harvesting in an area that has been sprayed with chemicals and always wash your greens and flowers before eating. A salad spinner is a wonderful device to have when foraging for wild greens.
And I know it probably goes without saying, but never get them confused with the indoor African Violet houseplant, which is not part of the Viola family— those my friends, are not edible.
Cheers to the Wild Violet!