One of the first flowers to emerge in late winter and early spring are wild violets. We get them all over our backyard, so finding them is pretty easy! Since we have so many, I decided that I better do something with them, and making wild violet infused vinegar seemed like the best idea. It’s easy to make, a beautiful violet color, and tastes wonderful. It also has some medicinal uses!
How to Make Wild Violet Infused Vinegar
The first thing you need to make this vinegar is wild violet flowers, and they are usually easy to forage for. Like I said, I find them growing wild all over my backyard. All it takes is a big handful or two, depending on how much vinegar you want to infuse.
Fill your jar about halfway full with violet flowers, then cover them with a high quality white vinegar. I like to use white balsamic vinegar but you can use whatever you prefer. Any size jar will work, depending on how many violet flowers you have access to and how much infused vinegar you want to make.
Then put a lid on the jar. If you are using a metal canning lid, put a square of parchment paper between the lid and the jar, as the metal can react with the vinegar. You can also use these plastic storage lids for mason jars.
Place the jar in a cool and dark place for a week or two. After a few days you will notice the vinegar turning a light shade of pink that will eventually get darker over time. The flowers will begin to lose their purple color as it all goes into the vinegar. Pretty cool!
If you’d like to do a slightly quicker infusion you can follow the instructions here to heat the vinegar on the stove first.
Wild Violet Infused Vinegar
- 1/2 cup violet flowers
- 1 cup high quality white vinegar
Fill a mason jar halfway with the violet flowers, about 1/2 a cup. Pour the white vinegar over the flowers.
Cover the jar with a lid. If you're using a metal canning lid, put a square of parchment paper between the lid and the jar to prevent the metal from reacting with the vinegar.
Place the jar in a cool, dark place for 1-2 weeks.
How to Use Wild Violet Infused Vinegar
The most obvious way to use violet flower infused vinegar is in the kitchen. It would make a lovely violet salad dressing, this is probably how I will use mine. Add a few fresh violet flowers to a salad and top it with this salad dressing and you’ve gone gourmet!
There are also some medicinal uses for violet vinegar. Violet flowers are high in many vitamins and are good for the immune system, so drinking a spoonful or two in water is a good way to help ward off sickness.
Violet flowers are also good for coughs and respiratory ailments. Try turning this vinegar into an oxymel to soothe your cough by combining it with equal amounts of honey.
Read about a few more ways to use violet vinegar here.
This violet infused vinegar is the perfect way to celebrate spring a little early if you have some wild violets around. I think I’ll be making this every year from now on!