We’ve been picking violets and making violet syrup. Violet syrup is tasty and can be used with other medicine to mask bad flavors. You can also use it in cooking or over ice cream… hmmm, haven’t done that yet, may need to experiment. Its also supposed to help you sleep without making you drowsy, need to experiment with that as well. And its a good cough syrup for children. Violets grow all over our yard this time of year and since we don’t treat the yard in any way, they are abundant and chemical free.
To make the syrup you need about half a gallon of blossoms. We pick off all the green so that the color is perfectly purplish blue. A half gallon of blossoms weighs about 8-9 ounces.
Put the blossoms in a tall glass jar and pour 2 cups of boiling water over them. Push the blossoms back down under the water with a wooden spoon.
Let the blossoms sit in the water over night. Next morning strain the blossoms out of the beautiful water and discard the blossoms.
Now you have violet water. To make syrup, add 2 cups raw sugar (Or use honey) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and allow to simmer on low for about 30 minutes. Allow to cool and pour into glass jars with tightly fitting lids to store. Store in the frig. If you want to can the syrup you will water bath half pint jars of syrup for 15 minutes.