Friday, April 15, 2011

for the tummy

Today's For the Tummy features a bit of foraging the in yard.  It's spring which means that Wild Violet are spreading across the lawn like wildfire.  They love the shady, loamy soil that lies along the creeks edge.  I have been anticipating a harvest for a few weeks and cashed in yesterday while the weather was just perfect.  The flowers made a perfect addition to our salad for dinner.  A beautiful baby spring mix with blueberries, strawberries and little violet flowers with a rosemary and blackcurrant balsamic dressing.  Almost too pretty to eat.  Almost. 
The next adventure with these beautiful blossoms is to make wild violet honey.  Perfect for soothing late night coughing spells.  I used equal parts blossoms, cleaned and de-stemmed, and local raw honey. I will update its optimal steeping time when the honey reaches it peak in flavor. 
Happy foraging!

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