Wednesday, April 11, 2018
For the love of Violets
What's so lovely about Spring is that nature awakens during these days when rain and sunshine seem to compete with each other and slowly after a day or two of sunny weather, green hues in all kinds of shades can be seen throughout the garden!
We let out a happy sigh of contentment and remember once again how beautiful Spring really is!
Passing these little purple blossoms on a Spring evening walk was such a joy and although one can easily pass them by because they are so small , they draw attention by modestly enjoying their spot!
Sweet Violets are so fragrant and with a sniff they take us back to the good ol' times!
Such old~fashioned floral aroma can take us back in a blink of an eye and the sweet flavour will remind you of the Violet Candies Grandma used to treat you with after you finished helping her in the kitchen on a warm Saturday afternoon!
Sweet Violet blossoms are unbelievably fragrant and seem to sprout up from nowhere this spring.
A nice way to capture their lovely essence is to make Violet~syrup from their petals !
Let's start with picking the Violets.
Be sure the flowers have not been sprayed or fed with any chemicals whatsoever and come from a clean area !
Gather as many as you can and remove the stems.
We picked about two cups of them !
Boil equal parts of water and pour over the petals.
Allow to steep for about 24 hours.
Look how beautiful the violets colored the water after 24 hours of steeping !
Strain the violet infused water through a fine mesh sieve or a coffee filter bag like we did.
Gently press any additional liquid from the violets.
Look how the Violets lost their purple color and turned into a greenish~blue color!
For every cup of liquid yielded, add 1 cup of sugar.
Now add equal parts of sugar and add that to the flavoured water that you transferred into a pot.
Stir until the sugar is dissolved and slowly bring it to a boil.
Stir in a little fresh lemon juice, a few drops at a time to turn the infusion to a purple color !
Look at the color !
How can this turn into a beautiful purplish color ?!
Wait and see the magic !
Isn't this amazing ?!
Boil the syrup for about 2-3 minutes and pour into clean sterilized bottles or jars.
Let cool completly before labeling !
Wouldn't this be the sweetest gift to a dear friend ?!
Here is a homemade printable to label your jars with !
Enjoy this delicious syrup over ice~cream, jogurt, cream cheese or add a few spoons to lemonade or sparkling water for a refreshing spring drink !
Who could guess Spring could be so sweet ?!
Love & Blessings
The Three Little Women
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