Wild Edible Of The Week - Week 6 - "Sweet Violet"
Botanical name : Viola odorata
Common name : Sweet Violet
Physical appearance : A low growing downy creeper with rounded green leaves and violet, white or blue flowers.
Edible parts : Flowers, leaves and stems.
Best places to find : Gardens, scrub land, hedgerows, woodland edges.
Time of year : Best harvested between March and May.
Serving suggestions : Works best as a flavouring for various food stuffs including sponge cakes, rice puddings and wild game.
Other uses : Flowers can be dipped in egg whites then dipped in granulated sugar. Once dry, they can be added to salads, puddings and main courses to add interest.
NB - Please be sure you know what you are picking. Many plants look similar to one another and many can be poisonous! Please seek professional instruction if you are unsure!
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