Weed of the week – Violets

Violets (Viola odorata) are in full flush in August, and would have to be the prettiest weed. I could happily let them romp all over my garden. I put the leaves and flowers in my salads and green smoothies daily for their delicious taste, smell and herbal properties. Miss Violet is rich in Vitamin A and C and supports the liver, gallbladder, digestive and urinary system. If you have a really bountiful patch then you can make the thrill last all year by making your own violet vinegar.

Violet Apple Cider Vinegar

Pluck as many violets as you can into a glass jar. Cover with apple cider vinegar and stir about with a chopstick regularly, ensuring that the flowers sink into the liquid. Cover with a lid (line with paper if it is a metal lid) and leave in a dark spot in your kitchen for two weeks. Keep an eye on it and stir whenever it calls to you. The vinegar will take on the most beautiful rosy glow from the flowers and smell heavenly. Strain using a muslin cloth or soft tea towel into a clean glass bottle and store in a the dark. If you are feeling particularly witchy and want a potent brew, pick on the new moon and strain on the full moon. This vinegar is delicious splashed on salads or added as a few drops to your morning glass of water.