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This sounds so yummy! I went through a period about 10 years ago where I was really into cooking with flowers (or just eating them fresh). But I never tried much with violets. Thanks for the recipe!
I'm Sue, and I won't let fear hold me back.
I have made this before, it takes alot of flowers but the jelly is so pretty and really good. Good luck
I am sure wild violets have some super health benefit and if someone knows it please tell me so I can feel better about eating more of this jelly. Make it with your kids because something magical happens. I like it with a bit of goat cheese on a cracker, but would be good with cream cheese as well.
2 cups packed wild violets(picked after the morning dew has evaporated)
2 cups boiling water
1/4 cup or juice of 1 lemon
4 cups of sugar
1 box powdered pectin
in a non-reactive bowl place violets. Pour in the boiling water. The water will start to turn purplr right away. Cover and let steep, on the counter, for 24 hours. With cheese cloth, strain out the flowers.
Now for some magic. Get the kids to do this. Pour in the lemon juice. The color will change from this deep dark, purple to this bright purple. Stir in pectin to dissolve. In a non reactive pan, add the violet tea and bring to a boil. Stir in the sugar and bring to a rolling boil. boil for 1 minute. Process in canning jars like you would for any jelly.
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