Wild Violet Jelly + Nutritional Benefits
Wild Violet Jelly is one thing we always as kids, growing up, that I’d love to pass on to you! I was always really interested in the "magical color change". After collecting violets in a jar, you pour boiling water onto them. Then let the jar sit overnight to infuse and create a lovely sapphire blue "tea". When you strain out the flowers and add lemon juice, the dark blue tea turns purple. WOW!
- 1 pint violet flowers (2 cups)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 4 cups sugar
- 3 oz. liquid pectin
- Collect a mason jar pint full of violet flowers. Pour boiling water into the jar of flowers. Gently press the violets. Cover the jar for 24 hours. By the next day, the violet “tea” will be sapphire blue.
- The next day, strain your violets through a colander lined with a coffee filter. You will need 2 cups of liquid, so you may need to add a little more water to the violet tea.
- Mix the tea and lemon juice in a large pot. At this point, you will see the dark blue tea turn purple. Magic! Bring the liquid to a boil and continue to boil for one minute. Add sugar and pectin, then bring to a hard boil one more minute. Turn the heat off and skim the top of the jelly if needed (there may be a bubbly film).
- Pour into sterilized mason jar. Let cool and store in the fridge.
Nutritional Benefits of Wild Violets:
- coughing and bronchitis
- colds and sore throats
- rheumatic complaints, reduce inflammation
- cradle cap for babies
- and even cancer!
Harvesting Wild Violets:
Sophia + Caleb
Sweet Maple Living