Wild Sweet Violet Flowers

Some Sugarloafers went on a brief recce mission in fantastic weather, to decide on a final location for next weekends Wild Garlic Picking, and they passed these beautiful, vibrant flowers in a hedgrow. Growing about 30-40cm tall with broad leaves Sweet Violets are widely distributed, and instantly recognisable in most ditches.
We picked a few dozen, carefully making sure we had not stripped any one plant and leaving plenty dispersed throughout the ditch for the bees! The leaves of this plant may also be eaten and are a rich source of vitamins A & C. The petals and flowers may also be used infused in milk, or as a delicate flavouring for rice puddings.  In uncompromising Sugarloaf form, we decided to go for the whole flower option, and see what we’ve ended up with!

A delicate job

Dusted in Sugar

The next task was far more delicate, involving covering completely the flower petals (and fingers) with beaten egg whites. This is especially important if you’d like to keep the flowers, as it will glaze them. After this they were dusted all over with caster sugar, and left on parchment to dry. Once dry, they can be kept in airtight containers. They will be ready to taste in a few days time, and if there are any leftovers, we will bring some along for early birds to taste next Sun…..


5 responses to “Wild Sweet Violet Flowers

  1. That the plant we call Periwinkles? Thanks for that I thought it was poisonious!

  2. These are Periwinkles….
    A wild sweet violet is totally different….TOTALLY DIFFERENT! How could you possibly confuse them???
    This (Periwinkle) is also known as Myrtle Herb by the way…

  3. I must also add that the pictured flower IS poisonous to humans! I forgot to add this, through utter disbelief…it just isn’t possible to mix a periwinkle up with a Sweet Violet!!! HOW!!!

  4. Martina Gardiner

    If these are periwinkle then they are on a poisonous flower list. Could you check – I could be wrong.

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