May 7, 2020

Iliana Regan

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Field Guide: Violets

Why an abundant spring flower deserves your attention

For as long as I can remember, I’ve spent springtime nibbling on violets. You’ve probably seen them. Maybe you have them in your yard, though it’s best to gather them in the woods, taking care to identify them properly. They are among the most accessible seasonal edibles, growing abundantly in shades of purple, white, and occasionally yellow, all smelling and tasting floral and sweet. It takes time to fill a bag or basket with dozens of delicate blooms, but violets make an incredibly vibrant garnish, and they bring spring flavor to a range of dishes and infusions.

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