Sunday, August 2, 2015

Wild Edible Violets, N.C. Style

If you like the idea of foraging for your food then look for edible flowers. Wild violets are a great place to start. They are predominantly a springtime flower but can occasionally be found in the colder regions of the northern and southern hemispheres later in the year.

North Carolina wild violets,
Copyright 2015 by Helen A Lockey
Most violets grow well in moist soils with a bit of shade. This means you'll mostly find them just within a forest tree line or next to a forest tree line. But some grow in dry, poor quality soil with lots of sun.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service website, there are over 230 listings for violet. All are edible although some taste better than others.

I found some growing, on the side of a forest path, near Charlotte, North Carolina, back in April of this year. They were small in height with big, smooth, heart shaped green leaves and deep purple colored flowers.

They had a lovely, light greens flavor, with a touch of floral essence.

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