Cooking with flowers is a fun way to make a dish more seasonal and add some brightness to your plate. Of course, you have to be careful when choosing which plants to eat, but there are plenty of edible flowers out there and different ways to cook with them.
Violets add such vibrant purple to a dish, and Aldi’s harnessed this power to make a violet salt, according to Reddit. But violets can also add wonderful sweetness to desserts, and one great way to cook with violets is to make them into syrup. However, before you start picking flowers for violet syrup, it’s important to distinguish which violets are safe or unsafe to eat.
Be sure not to pick any flowers that have been sprayed with chemicals or pesticides (per The Spruce Eats); this isn’t something you want to be eating! Also, you should only use the petals of violets, because the roots of some violet species cause nausea and vomiting if eaten. Before picking, be sure to check that the violets are actually edible. If you aren’t sure, the best thing to do is consult experts or pass on the flowers. Once you do have the right kind of violets, you’re ready to start your syrup!