Wild Violets a/k/a Lawn Weeds

Saturday I met Margy to go out for Mexican food at Sadies. Mmmmmmm, enough for 3 delicious meals.

Even better, she gifted me 7 bags of compost materials and over a dozen wild Violets from her front yard.

I have eaten these evergreen flower greens for a couple decades… they were  quite prolific in my Dallas and Seattle gardens.

Unfortunately I have not found any here in the mountains. She shared her bounty with me. I have planted half in a big pot inside and half in a pot outside. They need plenty of water, but if they multiply well I will find a moist shady space up the hill. Probably near the Mahonia repens.

This is a delicious mild green for eating out of hand, in salads, as a spinach substitute,  anywhere.  One-half cup has more vitamin C than 4 oranges.  Don’t put poison on them in your lawn, eat any that are poorly placed and let them run wild under shrubs or trees as an edible and pretty groundcover.

Wild Violets of one sort or another are available in every state and all are  delicious.  I have tried the commercially available ones but found them less tender even if the have bigger flowers.   Not a good tradeoff in my opinion, because the small late winter blooms are charming.

The early blooms bring out and feed pollinators when they need it the most.

I hope to get a good stand going on my property so I can eat the greens without fearing extinction.

Delicious and easy, what more can you ask for a food forest?


About rebeccatreeseed

I am a naturalist raised by naturalists. Treeseed is my earned name, while Rebecca is my birth name. I am of Northern European descent, with a quarter Irish.quarter thrown in. I suspect I was a product of northern invaders into Ireland into Ireland. but hard to say since DNA disproved the family story about Apache blood! I have found some odd ancestors to replace them. Last year I bought 5 acres of pinyon-juniper forest on the side of a mountain in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. I am fulfilling a lifetime dream of a cabin in the mountains and a food forest that will feed me and local wildlife. I want to share this new phase of my life with others that might be interested.
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