Citizens, Springtime has officially hit the San Francisco area and the farmers market bounty is literally overflowing on my kitchen table! Ramps, Fiddlehead Ferns, Borage and more.
These are all sure signs of Spring and all suffer from a sadly short availability window – usually just a few weeks. Also on that rarefied short list of Springtime goodness – violets. 🙂
For those lucky enough to have wild violets blooming near them or in their garden (and that are unsprayed), you have the fortuitous opportunity in this brief season to make one of my favorite recipes – wild violet syrup!
The combination of floral, sweet and violet notes are simply remarkable and it is not a difficult recipe to put together.
Violet syrup is ludicrously delicious on anything from pancakes to ice cream – and it is also an excellent mixer for a signature cocktail!
There are a number of Persian recipes for violet or rose syrup poured over finely powdered ice – the world’s first sherbets, in fact!
Try it in some lemonade, as a secret ingredient in blueberry pie – the sky is literally the limit with this versatile ingredient.
Once made, Violet Syrup is pretty much immortal as long as you bottle it properly and keep it refrigerated. Make enough of it and it will last you until the next Violet season – most recipes need only a teaspoon or so of this powerful elixir!
There’s also an intriguing bit of chemistry involved here – when you first juice the violets, the color will actually be more green than anything else.
Once you add the lemon juice though – the violet color quickly emerges. It’s the lack of lemon juice that screws up most people’s attempt to make this – the color is all wrong and they quickly give up.
Enjoy this syrup of all floral delicacy, my Citizens. 🙂
Battle on – The GeneralissimoPrint
Citizens, you have probably noticed we don’t use ads here on TFD.
YOUR support is what keeps the lights on – I can no longer afford to absorb the nearly $1000 per month it costs to keep the site running smoothly, including marketing expenses, etc.
You can make a difference!
Please consider making a one-time donation to help keep the site live and the posts coming – click here to PayPal Me a tip!
You can also show your support by listening to our podcasts, liking them, and sharing as you see fit – try them out here.
We are sorry that this post was not useful for you!
Let us improve this post!
Tell us how we can improve this post?