Violets – High in Vitamin C

violet plantShirley Maly gave a super presentation on violets. A few of the cool facts that she presented:

  • Violets are traditionally used in May Day basekts.Not all violets are edible – so be sure you know which ones you have,
  • Violets are part of the genus Viola. African violets are NOT part of this family and are not edible.
  • 1/2 cup of violets has the same amount of Vitamin C as 3 oranges!
  • Shakespeare used violets in Hamlet to represent constancy and devotion.
  • In the 1930’s, Eleanor Roosevelt used violets to represent friendship and love.

sugared violetsShe also explained how to make sugared violets which are great for decorating baked goods:

  1. Wash and dry in a salad spinner your violets.
  2. Spread 1/2 cup of granulated sugar into a pan.
  3. Lay the violets on the sugar and gently press them into the sugar.
  4. Spread another 1/2 cup of sugar over the violets and let this dry for several days.
  5. When dry, carefully remove the violets from the sugar. The sugar can be reused or used in teas (because now it has a nice violet-y flavor).

For more information on culinary uses of violets see this American Violet Society’s web page.

For more in-depth information on violets, go to the American Violet Society’s website.