V is for Violet: A Delicious Flower
We’ve already featured violets on Flower Blog once before, but did you know that Pansies are a type of Violet and Violets aren’t just violet-coloured? True story. Read on to learn more about this versatile (and underrated) flower:
- True Violets have been in cultivation by ancient Greeks sicne 500 BC or even earlier. Greeks and the Romans valued Violets for its herbal properties, made wine from them and sweetened food.
- Violet blooms can be consumed; in medicines they serve as a laxative, and the flowers are glazed for decoration in jellies and other food items. However it is strictly prohibited to take the plants internally in large quantities.
S.Kenney 2011 Lemon Squares with Candied Violets
- The violet’s flower colours vary in the genus, ranging from violet, as their common name suggests, through various shades of blue, yellow, white, and cream, whilst some types are bicolored, often blue and yellow.
- One quirk of some viola is the elusive scent of their flowers is a ketone compound called ionone, which temporarily desensitises the nasal receptors, thus preventing any further scent being detected from the flower until the nerves recover.
- Using the flowers in love potions, the Ancient Greeks believed the Violets symbolized fertility and love. People wearing a garland of violets above the heads supposedly ensured warding off headaches and woozy spells.
And now you know a ton about this common household plant!