Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Violet Honey is the Bomb

Another wild green you're likely (and lucky) to come upon is violet. This is a common plant most of us are familiar with, but did you know its flowers are edible? And its leaves are medicinal?

The leaves are traditionally used for respiratory ailments, just as self-heal is, but it is more of an expectorant. These are actually quite strong and work well in remedies for coughs and bronchitis. It's easy to tincture violet, and it also works nicely in salves. Now is a great time to harvest early spring wildflowers and leaves to make early-season salves, tinctures, and to dry for teas.

And how about honeys? I love to harvest fresh herbs, chop them, and cover them with honey. Cover the pot and let it sit overnight, and heat it very gently to strain in the morning. The honey will be fragrant with the scent of the herb you infused in it; violets make a very subtle yet charming and utterly delicious honey.

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1 comment:

  1. I've never thought of infusing the scent and flavor of herbs into honey! Lovely idea I think I'll have to try!