Violets

** If there is one thing I must convey here is that if you are unsure of what you are touching or going to consume DO NOT** get the correct books or do the research before you venture out. As in most cases a very small nibble or portion could/can kill you. **

This is another one of those wild plants that is considered a weed by many. It is easily identifiable by the violet color where the name is derived from. The stalk contains no leaves and the leaves themselves are heart shaped. I gather the leaves or the flowers specifically. The flower consists of five (5) petals. The leaves have shallow teeth around the edge when identifying them and remember the heart shape. What is odd is that the flower and leaves emit from the ground separately, but in close proximity. Spring time makes them the easiest to identify and locate in my opinion.

One must be careful as the dwarf larkspur is similar to this plant while it has a different leaf and a spur behind the flower. **So see warning** the rhizome or stalks are toxic as well.

The arrow points to the violet in my area and its leaf. In some regions they are yellow or even blue in color. The yellow species may cause stomach issues so be careful if consumed in large quantities. I always seem to find these in somewhat moist or shadowed areas in my locale.

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You can add the flowers to honey as flavor or make a tea from them as well if you enjoy tea. Or dry store them and add to your favorite foods over the year for an extra bit of flavor. The leaves can be added to your bush salad. I never seem to find enough of these in one location so I use them as a snack.

 

So hopefully here is another plant we can ad to our collection of wild edibles.

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