Edible Autumn Spring Summer Winter
The roots and seeds of this plant are toxic and should not be eaten. The flowers were traditionally used as a flavouring in puddings and sweets or crystallized and used as an edible decoration.
|Common Names||Violet, Wood Violet, Sweet Violet, English Violet|
|Scientific Name||Viola odorata|
Please note that each and every hedgerow item you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.
The largest leaves could be confused with winter heliotrope so its best to identify while in flower.
Sweet and violet like.
The flowers taste faintly sweet and like ‘Parma violets’ the sweets. The young leaves can be eaten as a green vegetable or in salads.
It is best to take just a few flowers or leaves as it looks better growing and does not have a particularly strong flavour.