I get questions all the time on how to get rid of common blue violets (viola sororia) in the lawn. I know they are very pervasive and disturbing in a lawn, but they do have a variety of purposes for wildlife and humans!
- The flowers are edible and can be candied for decorations on cakes
- The leaves can be used to make a super healing salve
- Violet leaves are the host plant for the fritillary butterfly
- and… you can make violet jelly!
So what I’m saying, maybe violets aren’t so bad if we look at how medicinal and edible they are.
The basic steps to making violet jelly:
- collect violets and make the liquid
- add the sugar and pectin
- process for canning or refrigerate for immediate use
You will need:
- 2 cups violets, packed
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1.5 C white sugar
- 4tsp pectin
- canning supplies
Makes 3 to 4 (8oz) jars or 5 to 6 (4oz) jars
- Collect 2 cups violets, packed (flower tops only, no stems)
- Pour 2 cups boiling water over them and allow to steep, covered with a loose lid or towel for 24 hours on the counter
- Strain the violets from the juice with a fine mesh strainer. Compost violets.
- Add the violet juice and 1/4 C lemon juice to a saucepan and bring to a medium temperature
- In a bowl, mix 1.5 C white sugar and 4tsp pectin
- Add the sugar/pectin to the saucepan and whisk until dissolved
- Bring to a med-high/high boil, stirring occasionally, for 5-10 minutes or until liquid has become a jelly
- The whole time the jelly is simmering, skim off the foam. I skimmed off nearly a 1/2 cup.
- Jam can be hard to get to the right texture. If you have experience making jelly this is where you inclination kicks in. It will continue to gel and become thicker after processing. Here how to do the gel test.
- When it’s done, you can put in sterilized canning jars and process for 12 minutes (using all the proper water-bath canning techniques)
- Or put into a jar and refrigerate for immediate use.
I canned 3- 8oz jars and filled 1/4th of a jar, which I will use now. The jelly that went in the fridge set well. The others seems more liquid in the jar, but I hope once it’s opened and put in the fridge it will gel. It can always be used as a pancake or ice cream syrup.
What’s It Taste Like?
It tastes a little bit like grape actually! It’s just sweet, but I don’t get a floral taste.