If you know me at all you know I LOVE flowers, especially edible flowers. My garden is filled with them from late spring to early fall. The first to bloom in these parts are violets and these cheerful purple blooms have held always held a special space in my heart. I think it stems from picking them as a little girl around my birthday and always having them on my birthday cake. Little patches of wild violets would grown around the base of a giant hemlock tree in our backyard in Connecticut. I remember laying down among them in the spring sunshine and picking little violet bouquets for my mom. We would make sugared violets together for my birthday cake and looking back now it was one of those magical childhood memories that stay with you.
I didn’t know this then but common violets have a magic power. Yup. It’s true! They can change color. If you add acid to violets they turn pink! Something to do with the pH. So after you make the violet syrup below you can make color changing pink violet lemonade. Add the lemon juice last to watch the magic happen. Kids love this trick! And for an adult beverage try making violet mojitos and the lime juice should do the same thing.
I think May is officially becoming my favorite month on the island because the winters are loooooong and the explosion of flowers just gets me so excited. More edible flower recipes are coming your way this month and throughout the summer so stay tuned. Our season is a little behind most of the country but I hope you can still find violets where you are! And if not then you can also use this method for any edible flower or blossom. I can’t promise other flowers will change color the same way but it’s still a great way to preserve the floral notes to use throughout the year.
Can’t wait to see all of your creations with this. Please tag me (@fareisle) in the the photo and use the hashtag #fareisle so I can see them!
recipe after the jump…
A version of my recipe was first printed in issue 19: WANDER of Taproot Magazine in 2016. You can order back issues here.
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