Tastes Like Purple?

May 11th, 2009

It’s violet season!

So purple...also violet!

So purple...also violet!

My parents had a few clusters of adorable purpley violets in their front yard and let me take my pick. They’re definitely organic and safe to eat, though possibly not the more delicious variety…I don’t know anything about flowers. They do have a very faint purpley taste, though. Violets taste like purple!

So sparkly!

So sparkly!

They seem pretty…sugared. So I think I did it right. I took 25-40 stemmed, cleaned and dried violets and brushed them with a mixture of 1 egg white and 1 Tbsp water (don’t dredge the flowers, or they’ll be too soggy and the sugar will just dissolve). Then I sprinkled ground sugar (about 1 cup, and you can see that I couldn’t grind mine as well as I’d like…I should get a pepper mill or something for it) liberally over the flowers and laid them out, stem side down on parchment paper to dry. Once they were dry and stiff I transferred them to a jar. EDIT: Let them dry at least 24 hours. Mine were not really dry and collapsed in on themselves in the jar. I don’t really care if they’re all crumpled, but if you’re sugaring them to top a cake or something you’ll want to let them dry for a while before trying to store, or just top the cake immediately. They’re definitely edible and sweet, though maybe not the most flavorful. I’ll wait and see if they improve with age.

In a sea of vodka!

In a sea of vodka!

I put all of the imperfect violets and loose petals (about 25-30 flowers) into a jar with 6 oz. of vodka. I don’t know if that will work, either. EDIT: Next morning and almost all the purple is gone from the flowers. I don’t know what that means.

This guy wanted to be alone at the bottom of the vodka. :(

This guy wanted to be alone at the bottom of the vodka. :(

But hey, free edible flowers are free edible flowers. I also sugared some mint leaves, which are stupid delicious, but didn’t take any pictures because I have plans for them. Mmm, minty plans.

7 Responses to “Tastes Like Purple?”

  1. Oooh well done! I adore candied violets and violet flavoured sweets. I’ve never candied any myself though so well done!

  2. big shamu says:

    They do taste like purple. Very beautiful and best of all FREE! But if they are blooming now, pick quickly since they only bloom once.

  3. Buzz Kill says:

    I just came over from the Karmic Kitchen. You and Shamu had similar ideas. I like the violet vodka cordial you’re making. My father use to make something similar using grain alchol cut down with sugar water (about 50/50) and flavored with cake flavorings or spices my mom had in the pantry (cinnamon comes to mind but I’m sure there were others). That would probably work with your violets.

    As to your candied violets, I’d be concerned about the raw egg white. I mean they look great, but uncooked egg left out to dry _ I don’t know. The candied mint might go with ice tea maybe?

  4. Deb says:

    Violets are beautiful! I make an infusion of violets and then make violet Jelly! It is yummy!

  5. Laura Lafata says:

    Mmmmm…me likey, esp. the vodka idea. You must tell us how it comes out, I’ve been marinating fruit, herbs and roots for a long time in vodka but never any flowers.

    I had sugared pansies on my wedding cake, they were gorgeous!!!

    Good job!

  6. Brooke says:

    I too love candied violets, and anything violet flavoured. They’re pretty difficult to me to find locally, though, so I’ve been thinking about doing this. Thanks for the tips!

  7. Tammy says:

    Thanks so much for writing this up–I’m inspired! I’ve a field full of violets (or almost), so I’m off to pick and candy some…(I hope you don’t mind that I have shared your post with others via my blog).

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