Homemade Violet Jelly

While researching violets, I found several references to homemade violet jelly. It looked beautiful, but I wondered… would it taste like you were eating a mouthful of flowers? That didn’t sound all that appealing to me.

Regardless, I decided to try it out basing my experiment on a recipe for mint jelly. My first batch tasted delicious! Everyone loved it, only it didn’t set up; it was more like syrup. I did some research online and compared all sorts of recipes and came to the conclusion that I had too high of a liquid to pectin ratio. So, the making of batch two ensued. It turned out perfect. Though the flavor is difficult to describe, most of the people that I had taste it described it as grape-ish, myself included.

Just a note: Violets have mild laxative properties when eaten in excess. So please enjoy this jelly in moderation!

 

Homemade Violet Jelly

For a printable PDF of this recipe, click: HERE

  • 2 to 3 cups loosely packed violet blooms
  • the juice of one large lemon
  • 2 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 package of Sure-Jell pectin
  • 3 1/2 cups sugar

 

First you’ll want to make your violet infusion just as we did when we made violet soap. Gather two to three cups of violet blossoms and pour 2 1/2 cups of boiling water over them.

 

The mixture will begin to turn aqua then eventually a deep blue or purple depending upon the shades of violets used.

 

After the violets have infused for a sufficient amount of time, strain and add the juice of one lemon. The blue will quickly turn a bright pinkish violet – as you can see in progress in the photo below. (Your kids might enjoy watching this change too.)

 

Now, you’ll make the jelly just as the Sure-Jell pack instructs. Mix the pectin with the flower/lemon mixture, stir over high heat until it reaches a heavy boil. Boil for one minute then add the sugar all at once. Keep stirring, return to a boil for one minute. Remove from heat and quickly ladle into prepared jars. Process in a water bath for five minutes. Remove from water and let sit for 24 hours.

 

Serve with hot homemade rolls and enjoy!

 

If you like this, you may also like my recipes for Kudzu Flower Jelly and Sunflower Jelly!

Kudzu Flower Jelly     Homemade Sunflower Jelly

 

 

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21 Responses to Homemade Violet Jelly

  1. Jane says:

    This is so incredible! I love the color of the jelly! It is … so violet! lol! I’m guessing you picked the violets? Any idea if I could get any online anywhere perhaps?

    • Jan says:

      Hi Jane! Yes, the kids and I picked tons and tons of violets for my projects plus I enlisted my sister and nephew to help. :) I’m not sure if you can get any online, but my brother makes these types of unusual jellies and sells them at county festivals and such -you might can find some vendors that way! :)

  2. Jill says:

    NERDS ARE AWESOME! Holy cow! I didn’t even know violet jelly was a thing! I get tons of violets in my yard. As soon as spring comes to Milwaukee, I am going to try this. Too cool!!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Jan says:

      Thanks for the comment! I didn’t realize it existed either until a few weeks ago. Today, I had my first taste of dandelion jelly that my brother made. Deeee-licious! I hope spring hurries up and arrives for you soon. :)

  3. Johnna says:

    Ooooo! Can you share the dandelion jelly recipe too?

    • Jan says:

      I asked my brother the same thing! :) He told me to make it just like I would my violet jelly, only use dandelion petals in place of violets. I believe (from reading elsewhere) that you use only the yellow part because the green part can be bitter, so it’s a bit time consuming to pick off the petals. I’ll double check with him to make sure I’m giving the right info! :)

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  5. Lana says:

    sounds wonderful and looks beautiful. What type of violets did you use and do you know where they sell the flowers or petals if you don’t grow them?

    • Jan says:

      I just used the smallish wild ones that I gathered from my sister’s house – she has huge masses of them in her back yard each year. They spread really easily – I got just a handful from her several years ago and now they ring almost around my house (in spite of my hubby’s weed-eating them sometimes!)

      I’m not sure where you could buy fresh organic ones, especially this time of year. The leaves are still out on my plants, but the flowers long gone. You might be able to google “dried organic violet flowers”? But, not sure how tasty of a jelly that would make…

      I found a few people selling violet jelly on Etsy… I can’t vouch for any of them, but they all look tasty! :)

      http://www.etsy.com/search?q=wild%20violet%20jelly&view_type=gallery&ship_to=ZZ&min=0&max=0

  6. Heather says:

    Could you use honey instead of the sugar? this looks so fun i know my preschoolers will love it!!!

    Thanks for the idea!!!
    Heather

    • Jan says:

      Hi Heather, you sure can! I often made jelly with honey and low sugar pectin when my son was sugar free. I think somewhere in the packet (or perhaps the Ball web site), they give further details on ratios. I hope your preschoolers enjoy! :) (One note, violet does have mild laxative properties, so make sure they sample in moderation!)

  7. Diana says:

    Hi! I love this idea! Could you freeze the flowers if you don’t have time to do the whole jelly process? I saw you suggest freezing dandelion flowers for later use once. Or maybe freeze the infusion?

    I was also wondering about use violet flowers in the salve or lip balm. If I wanted to do that should I use fresh or dried? We still have some blooming around her and I dying to try something with them! I also kind of want to save the for use later but wasn’t sure how to do that best. Thank you so much for your beautiful blog posts!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Diana! Yes, violet flowers freeze very nicely. You can also freeze the infusion, just as you would juice for making other jellies such as grape, etc. You could try drying the flowers to use in lip balm and salve. I haven’t experimented with that aspect much, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work! I like to use dried or at least flowers that have wilted overnight so that most of the water is evaporated out. Some people do fine using fresh flowers/herbs in oil, but in my experience it gets a little sludgy and the risk for mold & spoilage is much higher.

  8. Diana says:

    Oh sorry, one more question! What oil would your expend to use if you don’t want a smell from the oil? (Like if you were making lip balm that was going to be close to your nose or a solid perfume.) is there a really light smelling olive oil perhaps? Thank you!

    • Jan says:

      My favorite light oil is sunflower oil. It should have no real smell to speak of. I read a study a while back showing that sunflower was more helpful for damaged skin than olive oil, so have switched over to using it in most salves & lip balms.

  9. ginger says:

    this is so great, amazing what we can do with things we have growing all around us.

  10. Gail Kimes says:

    what kind of violets do you use. I have three different kinds growing in my back yard… all purple with a little white face, white with a purple face, and off white speckled…I am sure they have different properties and uses

    • Jan says:

      Hi Gail, Mine are just common purple ones, as shown, for the most part. There are a few darker ones that grow at the edge of my woods (first time spotting them this year) and mingled in with the common purples are some white with purple faces. I use them all equally. Yours sound fine to use, but to be sure you could do a search to look them up and make sure your flowers are in the viola family.

  11. Sarah @ O Mama Hill's Soap Co. says:

    Does your brother have a website or FB page where he shares any of his recipes? I made this violet jelly and everyone that has tried it, loves it. I am going to try the sunflower jelly, and want to do the dandelion as well. I am not sure how to go about getting all the petals off the dandelions without drying them first. As they wilt pretty quickly after picking I feel like I would need lots of helpers to try and pick, get the petals picked or cut off, and into a jar for the hot water in any timely manner. Does he use fresh petals or dried? I would love to see more recipes of his, if he has them available anywhere. Thanks for everything that you do!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Sarah, He has moved onto building guitars from scratch (he has many, many, MANY hobbies and interests!) so hasn’t done much jelly making lately. But I will tell him you like his recipe! :) For dandelion jelly, just pick the blossoms, stick them in a bowl in the refrigerator & cover it with a damp towel. This will keep them fresh and open long enough for you to work with a portion at a time. Grab each flower, hold it sideways, do a quick snip off of the green bottom with a pair of scissors, and toss the petals into one bowl and the green part into another. It’s okay if a some green gets in with the petals – a little bit won’t hurt. Just work in a quick manner, sort of assembly line style, and wilting shouldn’t be a problem. I don’t think you’d want to make jelly with dried dandelions (though I haven’t tried it – so can’t so for sure it won’t work!)

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