Earlier this week we were out enjoying the spring-like temperatures in Kentucky and noticed all the wild violets growing in the yard. I know some people think they are a weed, but these little purple flowers are beautiful and after some research, we discovered that they are edible! Did you know you can make violet jelly using these little wild purple flowers? If you have violets growing in your backyard, then you need to try this sweet, light jelly that goes perfectly with a batch of homemade biscuits!
**The wild violet is highly recognized as edible and safe to eat but you should always do your own research before eating wildflowers.
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How to Make Wild Violet Jelly
I did alot of research online before making my first batch of violet jelly and realized that most people make it the same way. And surprisingly, most people used the same measurements, so I can’t really credit one person with the recipe.
I tried making violet jelly with powdered pectin and it didn’t set. So for me personally, I will always use liquid pectin when I make wildflower jelly.
Here’s what I have gathered from all the different sites plus the recipe that I used.
- 2 cups of fresh violet “juice”
- 4 cups boiling water
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 4 cups sugar
- 1 package liquid pectin
To make wild violet jelly, there are a few things you must have. I have a stash of canning jars leftover from many years of making jellies and salsa, but if you are starting from scratch you may need to pick up some canning supplies to make the job easier.
- Pick a large bowl of fresh violets. You will need about 4 large handfuls of fresh flowers for your jelly.
- Only keep the flowers for the best tasting jelly. The stems will give your jelly a more bitter, earthy flavor than you want. I pulled out the stems when I made the jelly.
- Boil water.
- Fill a mason jar (or other jar with a top) with fresh violets and then pour 2-3 cups of boiling water into the jar.
- Let the jar of flowers and water steep for at least 4 hours. You can even put the mixture it in the refrigerator overnight if needed. At this point, the liquid will be a beautiful blue color!
- Strain out the flowers so you just have the violet infused water.
- Add the lemon juice, violet liquid and sugar to a pan then bring to a full rolling boil.
- Once mixture is boiling, add 1 package of liquid pectin and boil for 2 full minutes.
- Watch the color change from blue to purple to even a deep pink! It’s fascinating watching the change as you go through the process.
- Pour into clean jars.
- Process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes
- Jelly should set firmly within 24 hours.
**I am not an expert on canning or making homemade jelly, but this process worked for me and turned out delicious.