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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

V is for Violets: A Treatment for Varicose Veins

Very pretty violets lift up their vibrant heads
Victoriously, valiantly they stand in flower beds.

While researching and writing about flowers that can be eaten in A Guide for Preparing and Eating Flowers
I came across a recipe for crystallized violets:

Crystallized Violets

Using perfectly formed violets, take a clean artist’s paint brush and carefully paint each violet with a lightly beaten *egg white. While still wet, dip violets into extra-fine sugar. Dry in a very slow oven or food dehydrator until crisp. Use immediately or store in an airtight container.

Violas or other small edible flowers can be substituted. These flowers will transform a plain frosted cake into a work of art.

*Powdered egg whites should be used to avoid the risk of salmonella.

James A. Duke, PhD advises in his book The Green Pharmacy that violets and pansies carry a significant amount of rutin. A daily intake of this compound will aid in strengthening and maintaining the capillary walls so rutin is beneficial in the treatment of varicose veins. If violets are not to your liking, you may want to try buckwheat or kasha. 

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Elaine March 9, 2011 at 11:03 PM  

Candied violets and nasturtiums are lovely on cakes... haven't thought about doing those in years! Thanks so much for the Valuable reminder!!

Judy Sheldon-Walker March 9, 2011 at 11:47 PM  

Another great "V" word - valuable!

Rocky Mountain Woman March 10, 2011 at 11:35 AM  

I've never tried candied violets, but may have to next time I bake a birthday cake for someone...

Donnie March 10, 2011 at 12:45 PM  

Great V post.

fredamans March 10, 2011 at 1:06 PM  

Very valuable indeed. Thank you for the knowledge.

Teresa March 12, 2011 at 2:43 PM  

I've read before about making the crystallized violets and thought it would be fun to try, but I've never done it yet. Great and informative V post.

Cheryl D. March 13, 2011 at 1:54 AM  

I bet they're absolutely gorgeous, but I have to be honest, I'm not big on eating flowers!

☆☆Mumsy March 13, 2011 at 8:56 AM  

Great information! We have a yardful of violets during the spring..I'll watch out for these babies!

Jenny March 13, 2011 at 11:35 AM  

I used to make crystallized violets to put on cupcakes for my sister. That technique works beautifully on wild roses, too. So lovely and ethereal looking.

What a fascinating link to vericose veins and violets. That is somthing I'd never heard before.

Thanks for a wonderful stop on my journey through Alphabe-Thursday's letter "V".

I'm always excited to see what you have to share.


SquirrelQueen March 18, 2011 at 1:54 AM  

I have had candied violets but I've never tried making them, it sounds easy. I had no idea violets had medicinal qualities.

Gen Gatch March 27, 2011 at 12:38 PM  

Wonderful post! i think I'll give violets a try.

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