by Ana Y. Inacio
In the Spring, our yard fills with hundreds of tiny iridescent faces, all white and lavender and rich purple hues. The suddenness of their appearance, and disappearance all the same, provide a brief window of time to appreciate their beauty and magic. Most of the violets we leave for the bees, but we always like to ask permission of a few small handfuls of violets to make our favorite springtime treat, violet honey.
1 cup of freshly picked violets*
1 pound of honey
1. Pick approximately 1 cup of violets*
2. Place violets in a colander and rinse under cool water.
3. Remove any stems from the violets, leaving only the heads or flowers.
4. Spread the violets over a kitchen towel and gently soak up the excess water.
5. Once dry, add the violets to a jar of honey and allow to sit for at least a week to fill the honey with the sweet violet fragrance. You can eat the beautiful flowers right along with the honey!
Mix your new violet honey with a stick of your favorite grass fed butter to make a delicious violet honey butter. This heavenly treat makes the best springtime morning toast!
* for any wild sourced edible, please ensure the correct plant identification before consuming. Source your ingredients from a chemical free lawn.