Are Wild Violets Edible?
Wild violets are not only edible but they have many other uses in the kitchen. They are used to make jam, jelly, wine, tea and coffee. You can use them as a substitute for strawberries or blueberries. You can even eat wild violets raw if you like! Wild violets grow all over Africa and Asia. There are different varieties. Some are small and some are large.
The most common wild violet variety grown in North America is the African Violet (Viola odorata). These plants grow up to 2 feet tall with purple flowers that bloom from April through October. They produce white berries that taste sweet when eaten fresh or cooked. The plant grows well in full sun and needs moist soil so it does best in sandy soils where it prefers to live.
In Europe there are two other types of wild violets: the Indian Violet (Viola chiloensis) and the European Violet (Viola odorata). These plants grow up to 4 feet tall with purple flowers that bloom from March through May. They produce red berries that taste bitter when eaten fresh or cooked. The plant grows well in partial shade and prefers moist soil so it does best in rich soils where it prefers to live.
People eat wild violets in a variety of different ways. You can use them in desserts, salads, entrees and more. You can also use the fresh or dried flowers to make violet tea or infuse them in alcohol to make violet wine. People also use the leaves of the violet to make green dye for clothing.
If you are foraging for wild violets, be sure to avoid looking only in areas that have been contaminated by toxins such as near highways or industry. Also look in undisturbed forests without any man-made disturbance. Violets can grow in soil, but they prefer living close to rocks.