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Fragrant, flavorful violet flowers for cooking

I'm itching to create a new dessert with violet flowers: the kind that those French violet hard candies are mimicking. But the only violets I can find have hardly any scent or flavor. I've seen candied violet petals, but I'd like to try making my violet dessert direct from the flowers. Any tips for finding fragrant, flavorful violets?

asked by butter, sugar, flowers over 4 years ago

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butter, sugar, flowers
added over 4 years ago

Thank you SO much, Mary! This is incredibly helpful and informative. I'm going to do some searching with these details, and when the day comes that I finally make my violet dessert, I'll definitely be thanking you again (and will perhaps share it with you to see).

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Diana B
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added over 4 years ago

Anything with alba in the name will have a white flower (although I'm sure they smell fabulous!). Here's one source for plants: http://www.selectseeds.com/cgi-bin/htmlos.cgi/021572.1.194316778053699592 These people often have them, although they appear to be out of them right now: http://www.logees.com/Parma-Violet-Marie-Louise/productinfo/H8210-2/ And finally: http://www.anniesannuals.com/plt_lst/lists/search/lst.srch.asp?prodid=3750

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added over 4 years ago

Wonderful information and resources! Thanks so much, Diana!

butter, sugar, flowers
added over 4 years ago

MaryVelasquez and Diana B, I want to thank you for pointing me toward the right kind of violets. I ended up getting a beautiful Parma violet plant, which I am really enjoying. Since it hasn't bloomed yet (likely due to my not-so-green thumb), I forged ahead with my violet recipe in a different way; check it out: http://buttersugarflowers.com/2014/07/07/violet-candy-cupcakes/ Thank you so much for your kindness and time!

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Diana B
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added over 4 years ago

Wow! Those look fabulous and delicious and so, so pretty! I'm glad you found a way to realize your desire and, who knows, perhaps your Parma violet will yet bloom for you.

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