The Incredible Edible Violet - Homemade Violet Soda


The arrival of spring is made even sweeter with the emergence of delicate purple violets in our garden. Violets are not only pretty, they are also edible. They contain Vitamin C and can help promote restful sleep, cure headaches, and stop coughs. They make beautiful dessert garnishes and additions to salads. And here's my recipe for an easy refreshing violet soda.


Homemade Violet Soda

Ingredients-
1 Cup fresh picked violets
1 Cup boiling water
1 Cup sugar (you can substitute honey or the sugar substitute of your choice)
Club soda


Pour boiling water over your violets in a bowl and let sit covered in plastic wrap overnight on the counter. The next morning, strain the liquid into a small saucepan, pressing down with a rubber spatula to release all the liquid, and discard the violets. Add the sugar and bring to a boil, whisking until the sugar dissolves.  Remove from heat and let cool.




Pour your syrup into sterilized mason jars and refrigerate until chilled. 


When your syrup is chilled, spoon 1-2 Tablespoons of syrup into a glass (moisten the rim of the glass and dip it in sugar for a fancy touch) and then fill with club soda, add more syrup to taste if necessary.  I decided to freeze a few extra violets into ice cubes  for an even fancier presentation.



Far healthier than store bought soda, you can control the amount of syrup you use in each glass. I found this  syrup recipe made about 8 glasses of soda. It's the ultimate refreshing warm weather drink.

Any edible flower should work, I also made rose petal soda:


Violets also elevate a good dessert to a picture-worthy great one when used as garnish. For the recipe for this Blackberry White Chocolate Tiered Cheesecake click HERE.


I toss violets into my chicken coop and nesting boxes as well. The chickens love to eat them.


And for a pretty, natural egg dye, steep your violets in boiling water the same as for the syrup recipe, then strain the next morning, add 1 Tablespoon white vinegar and let your hardboiled eggs sit for at least two days in your dye. Then remove, let dry and gently rub the egg with vegetable oil. The result is a soft light purple color.

I hope you have enjoyed these fun uses for violets!  Happy Spring!



19 comments:

  1. 'Great tips, Lisa! I've made violet jelly before and it was delicious! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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    1. Oh I would love to try that. Do you have an easy recipe? I am not a seasoned preserver but I've made mint jelly and curds. Lisa

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  2. Thank ou for this recipe. I am going to try it out today.Hopefully have enough violets for my jelly too. So delicious. If not I'll just use Dandelions.

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    1. Care to share your recipe? I would love to try making jelly.

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  3. What an incredibly cool idea! I wish I had violets growing in my yard. I might just find some to plant - not only because they're beautiful, but so I can try these recipes. :)

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    1. Oh I wish I could send you some! We have tons! All started from one plant my mom gave me a few years ago.

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  4. Wow! It makes me want to plant some today!

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  5. I knew that violets were edible, but had not inclination to pick them up and eat them or have them in a salad. But, this soda sounds like a wonderful idea! I love soda!

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    1. I'm with you, I dont' generally go around the yard eating stuff but I was looking for a recipe for dying eggs and found a bunch of soda recipes - its delicious!

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  6. I was eyeing my violets yesterday morning but didn't have time to harvest them. I was planning on making some violet syrup. I hope can gather enough for syrup and for violet soda too!

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  7. Thanks for your comment over at Carole's Chatter. I replied to it there but in case you don't see it here it is:

    That is a good question which I have thought about a lot. Because this is a themed link up and sometimes gets lots of links, thumbnails would make it very slow to load. I do pin the dishes to a special Pinboard as soon as I can and you can always look at them there - see the sidebar at the top for links to some of my pinboards and you can look for the board from there. thanks for raising this.

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  8. So very pretty, and you must have lots of violets to get that many flowers...

    I am nurturing the few little plants that I have here, maybe by next spring I will have more.

    Jen

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    1. We do have tons. Once you get them established they will spread like crazy. They make such a pretty ground cover. I got my first plant from my Mom in New England, so they do like cooler weather. Good luck with yours!

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  9. Great idea! Thank you for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop. Hope to have you back tomorrow: http://blackfoxhomestead.com/the-homeacre-hop/

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  10. Violet soda? I had never even heard of that before!!!
    Sounds fabulous....!!! Thanks so much for sharing.. :)

    Keep ‘em coming… :)

    hugs xx
    Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

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  11. A wonderfully instructional post about violets. they are not just for being pretty any more! I have had sugared violets on cakes, but never heard of making a soda. It looks so appealing in your photo.

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  12. What a beautiful idea! This lover of all things purple can't wait to try this out - the ice cubes really top it off! Found you through Mandatory Mooch's 5/1 linky party - thanks for sharing!

    ~Sherry from WhoNeedsACape.com

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    1. Oh awesome! I love the ice cubes - in fact the violets are long gone from our yard for this year but I still have some ice cubes in the freezer!

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