Thursday, May 3, 2018

Violets, Violet Jelly, and More

Common Violets - Photo Credit
In early spring violets grows in abundance here in southwest Missouri and our backyard is full of them! 

Cyndi's Candied Violets
A friend of mine, Cyndi Cogbill, of Pawpaw Patch Productions, inspired me this year when she tried her hand at making violet syrup and shared pictures of the candied violets she made and the sugar cookies that she featured them on. Wow! Absolutely beautiful! 

Cyndi's Sugar Cookies Featuring Candied Violets
Cyndi also shared the link to a great article on the virtues of violets from Eat The Weeds and Other Things, Too and that is where I got the original recipe for violet jelly, which I will be sharing my slightly tweaked version of in this post.

Like I said, in early spring our backyard is full of violets! After looking at Cyndi's pictures and reading the article that she posted the link for, I decided to gather my supplies and try my hand at making violet jelly...and I'm so glad I did! Not only is it beautiful, but it tastes delicious! It's sure to be an annual treat in this household from now on! 

The first thing I did, was to gather two cups of violet heads (no leaves...just heads) and put them in a jar.
Two Cups of Loosely-Packed Violet Heads
 Next, I made an infusion by pouring two cups of boiling water over the violet heads, covering them with a lid, and letting them sit for several hours.

An Infusion of Violets and Water
Immediately after covering the violets, the water started turning a pretty shade of turquoise blue. 
An Infusion of Violets and Water

The longer the violets sat, the darker the color became. I don't have a picture of it, but the water eventually turned an almost dark blue.

After sitting for several hours, I used a coffee filter inside a strainer to strain the flower heads from the infusion. Then, I squeezed the juice from one whole lemon and added it to the liquid.

Upon adding the juice from the lemon, a chemical reaction took place and the liquid in the jar turned a beautiful shade of pink.

After that, using the liquid in the jar, and following the instructions below, I went ahead and made the jelly. One recipe yielded five half-pint jars.

Violet Jelly


2 cups fresh violets
2 cups boiling water
Juice of one lemon
1 package of pectin (I used Sure-Jell)
4 cups sugar

Place the violet blossoms in a glass jar and cover them with the boiling water. Place a lid on the jar and allow infusion to make for anywhere between 2 and 24 hours (I let mine make for about six hours). The water will turn various shades of blue as times goes on. Strain and discard the spent flowers. Add the lemon juice. Mix will change to a pretty pink. Place liquid in a large stainless steel pan, stir in pectin, and bring to a boil. Add the sugar all at once and bring to a boil again. Boil vigorously for one minute. Skim if necessary. Pour into sterile jars and seal. (I hot-water bathed mine for 15 minutes in a hot-water bather.) Makes approximately 2 1/2 cups jelly.  

That's all there really was to it. The process was simple and the reward sweet. 

Be sure to click on the links throughout this article to learn more about violets and different ways of using them.

Until next time...


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  1. This sounds amazing. I wish we had violets in our yard. I would try it with Amy. I'm not up to making jelly by myself yet.

    1. I was surprised at the flavor, Laura! Very good! Maybe there is someone close by that has violets that will let you (or the girls) pick. It's well worth the time and energy invested. I plan on being ready and waiting next year and see if I can't get up several batches. Blessings! <3

  2. I was just thinking of making this jelly yesterday. If I didn't have so much work this weekend....would love to try it. My yard is full of wild violets right now. I hope they make it to Monday so I can make some. Thanks for the recipe too.

  3. I just made this! Can't wait to taste it. How much head space do you leave?

    1. I'm sorry, Kristina! I'm just now seeing this. For some reason I'm not getting notified when you leave a comment. I'm excited to hear that you made the violet jelly! How did it turn out? Do you like the flavor? We love it! I left about a half-inch head space when I made mine. Am looking forward to hearing more about your experience! Blessings! <3


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