Viola (Red Blotch)
A popular, delicate edible flower with mild flavor
Viola (violets, violas and pansies) are among the most popular edible flowers in America. Fresh flowers are most often used for garnishing and crystallizing. The perfume of some varieties adds sweetness, while the mild flavor of most other violas combines well with sweet or savory foods. The simple addition of a few brilliant blooms transforms any dish into an elegant presentation. Both the flowers and leaves in fresh and dried forms have been standard fare in Europe and other areas in the world since before the 14th century.
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