Early in the spring season (as in, right now), the small, wild purple violets begin popping up everywhere. Where I live, this is usually late April to Mid may. I actually found the first violets here in South East Michigan just last week, so its time to blog about violets! I am always delighted to see the violets, because they are sure sign that spring is here, the warmth has returned, and the landscape is painted in a variety of amazing colors once more.
Springtime is the best time to harvest violets–you can harvest them typically for several weeks. I like to hit the same patch every 3 days, and each time harvest up to 30% of the violets there. If they are particularly abundant (as in the photo below) I might harvest some more.
Here are some photos from a very prolific violet harvest…
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