How To Make Violet Jelly From Wild Violets

How To Make Violet Jelly | Those Kinds of People

About a week ago, I looked out onto our front lawn and saw some wild violets beginning to grow there. Because we’re a little…passionate, shall we say, about using what we’ve been given, I quickly googled to see if we could use wild violets in any culinary attempts.

Enter violet jelly, which is apparently a THING in Europe. Who knew?
I do, now.

So I polled facebook to find out if anyone knew of a local source for a large quantity of violets. A kind someone graciously volunteered their lawn. Today, I took our oldest to their lawn and made a game of getting as many violets before a forecasted rainstorm, which still hasn’t happened. Those weathermen.

We gathered about two quart-sized ziplock baggies between their lawn and ours.

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We poured boiling water over our found violets, and let it sit for two (or three) hours, stirring occasionally.  The liquid became a nice blue-green.

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But watch what happens when you add lemon juice!

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After we added the lemon juice, we stirred in liquid pectin and more sugar than I want to think about right now.

We brought it to a boil, skimming off the foam, and then poured it into sterilized jelly jars.

The jelly is cooling in our jars now.

How to Make Violet Jelly | Those Kinds of People

I’m looking forward to enjoying some with some biscuits tomorrow for breakfast with a cup of tea.

 

 

 

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Violet Jelly
How To Make Violet Jelly | Those Kinds of People
Course Condiments
Servings
half pint jars
Ingredients
Course Condiments
Servings
half pint jars
Ingredients
How To Make Violet Jelly | Those Kinds of People
Instructions
  1. Gather your violets. Make sure they are from a safe place where pesticides have not been sprayed.
  2. Pour boiling water over violets, and let sit for two to three hours, stirring occasionally. Strain the flowers out, making sure to press out all of the water. You should have 3-1/2 cups of blue-green colored violet water.
  3. Add lemon juice, pectin, and sugar and stir. Transfer to a 4-quart pot.
  4. Bring to boil, boil for one minute. Skim off foamy residue.
  5. We chose to strain the liquid as we poured it into our sterilized jars. This is optional---we just wanted a very smooth texture to our jelly.
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