Real World Gardener Ways with Violet Flowers in The Good Earth

December 20th, 2018

THE GOOD EARTH

Sweet Violets and How to Preserve Them

Some flowers lend themselves easily to uses in the kitchen.

Some decorative but others quite edible.

You might not know that this species in particular , sweet violet (Viola odorata, Violaceae) is the principal medicinal and culinary species used in Europe.

But apart from the fragrant, albeit very small flowers, there’s quite a few other things you can do with them.

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Viola odorata

I'm talking with Margaret Mossakowska from www.mosshouse.com.au

Let’s find out.

You can use the petals fresh in salads, just remove the other parts of the flower to avoid that bitter after taste. 

Making Frosted Petals

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Frosted violets

Preserve the petals with gum Arabic or egg white.

Paint the flower petals with an artists brush and then dip it into something like caster sugar.

Dry them face up on paper and either use them straight away or store in a jar for up to 2-3 months.

You can also preserve the petals in honey. Preserving them this way will help with dry coughs and even asthma possibly.

Margaret's Recipe for Violet Petal Vinegar ( or any other petal) taken from www.mosshouse.com.au 

3 parts petals (300g)

1 part sugar (100g)

10 parts water ( 1 litre)

Leave to ferment for a couple of months.

The sugar converts to acetic acid so it's not bad for you.

  • Put the petals in the bucket and cover with the prepared sweetened water
  • Close the lid tightly.
  • In the first month open and stir every day. The pressure will build up in the bucket (particularly in warm weather) and needs to be released. This is also why flexible vessel needs to be used – a glass jar can shatter under pressure.
  • For the next two months stir occasionally. You will see a film of yeast and bacterial blooms showing on the surface. This is normal and as the mixture becomes more acidic, these cultures will die.
  • After three months in the bucket, strain/filter the liquid into plastic bottles for storage and compost the solids.

If you have any questions, either for me or for Margaret, why not email realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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