Is this not a beautiful sight?
Seriously, this may be the prettiest jelly I’ve ever made.
What gives it that gorgeous color? Wild violets, straight out of my backyard.
As my little guys have now named it, “flower jelly.”
I stumbled across the recipe for it on another blog and had to at least try it once.
Luckily I had lots of helpers to pick the violets for me.
This is Andrew, my 3rd grader. He was by far the most diligent of my little pickers and also helped to separate all the blooms and stems. The kids were all pretty into helping though. So, if you have any crazy little projects like this, I would be glad to hire them out! Just kidding. Sorta. (They’re also great corn huskers and pea/lima bean shellers.)
Anyway, after they had bunches of violets picked, this is the recipe I used to make the jelly:
2-3 Cups Violets
Juice of 1 Lemon
2 1/2 C Boiling Water
3 1/2 C Sugar
1 Package Sure Jell
Pick flowers and separate the blooms from the stems. In a jar, place the blooms and pour the 2 1/2 C boiling water over them. This will help to make an infuson. Allow to infuse until the water color is a dark blue/purple. (I even pushed the blooms around to help with this.)
Once you are satisfied with the color (it doesn’t take very long), strain and add the lemon juice to the liquid. I wish I had taken a picture of this step, for this is when it changes into such a brilliant color! Pour all liquid into a heavy pan and turn on high heat. Add the package of Sure Jell. Bring to a rolling boil and add in the sugar. Bring to a boil again, allow to boil for @1 minute, them remove from heat. Pour into jelly jars and process for 5 minutes. Allow to set for 24 hours. Enjoy!
Oh, I almost forgot to mention the taste. If you are not too weirded out by eating “flower jelly,” it really does taste fine. I have to admit that I was a little nervous–was it going to actually taste good? Or gross? (Almost all of my jelly-making experience has been with berry-based ones.) Well, we tried some with our Easter breakfast and the closest thing I can compare it to is a light grape-y flavor. Nothing strong, just a light, pleasant flavor.
Wouldn’t this make a pretty little gift as well?
Hmmm….I may have to send my little workers out with their baskets to pick me another batch.