Violet Tea

IMG_2287When violets cover my lawn in masses of white and purple in May, I have a traditional celebration where I serve Violet Tea to my young friends who live next door.

IMG_2296It started six years ago in the spring after the three girls moved in, and while the oldest girls have moved on to more ‘mature’ pursuits, my ‘flower buddy’ and I still enjoy this special occasion. (I felt deprived of this somewhat feminine pursuit while raising two boys who were not the least bit interested in sitting down for violet tea with their mother.)

IMG_2302After the first year, I decided we needed a proper tea set and by luck, came across a wicker chest containing a child’s china tea set, complete with cloth napkins and little utensils, which we have used every year since.

IMG_2282This year, there was a bumper crop of violets and one day after school, we had our tea party.

It is a joyful celebration of spring and it was with great gusto that we went out to gather violets and a few sprigs of spearmint to impart a minty flavor to the tea.IMG_2294

Eliza’s Violet Tea:

  • Gather enough violets to loosely fill a small tea pot. Add three or four sprigs of mint.IMG_2306
  • Bring water to 185F (85C, or the temperature setting for white tea on electric pot), pour over violets and mint and steep for 5 minutes.
  • Add honey or maple syrup to taste and serve.
  • Drink with pinkie finger up – Delicious!IMG_2301

Violet flowers and leaves are high in Vitamins C and A and can be eaten raw in salads, candied, or dried for winter teas. Anti-inflammatory with many health benefits; good for coughs, sore throats and colds.


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69 Responses to Violet Tea

  1. den169 says:

    I bet that’s a pretty special day!

  2. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    What a beautiful little tradition. What care you put into it. Lucky little girl. You are the cool lady next door! 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      One would hope! 🙂 I adore her company, she’s humorous, smart and loves flowers. (I might have had something to do with that. 😉 )

  3. MK says:

    Okay, that is just the cutest little girl portrait I have ever seen!!!

  4. Love the idea of this!

  5. arlingwoman says:

    Tea parties are always fun when you get to collect the tea makings yourself. Your tea companion is one cute little girl!

  6. maureenc says:

    In 1978 I had my first visit to the States (it was early May) and I was enthralled by all the violets dotting the lawns of the houses in the World Fair grounds(?) in St Louis. Your post brought back memories!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Glad to hear it Maureen. Violets are old-fashioned and often bring fond memories. I remember bringing bunches to my mother on May Day. Sweet memories!

  7. It sounds delicious, looks so beautiful and what a wonderful tradition! Especially with such a lovely violet tea girl!

  8. Cathy says:

    I will definitely have to try that next year – I never thought to make tea with them! As a child I used to like the violet sweets we were occasionally given. I am glad you have found a tea-drinking partner Eliza! 🙂

  9. A great tradition, Eliza

  10. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    How wonderful!

  11. jenanita01 says:

    what a delightful idea!

  12. How adorable! A wonderful idea.

  13. seedbud says:

    What magic! How lucky she is to live next to you!!

  14. Treah Pichette says:

    What a good “auntie” you are! These kids are always going to remember you so fondly when they grow up (& hopefully continue the tradition).

  15. Julie says:

    This is so lovely Eliza, what a wonderful tradition and absolutely delightful photos too.

  16. Laurie Graves says:

    Oh, delightful! Wish I lived close enough so that I could join you.

  17. InfiniteZip says:

    I always put them in salads, husband told everyone we were eating the lawn again 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      😀 That’s funny! At least you don’t have a Chem-lawn. I love natural lawns, and it’s true, many lawn ‘weeds’ are edible!

      • InfiniteZip says:

        I had them up north, no chemlawn, just dogs, but I knew the good places to find them….dog free of course, down here in Florida, lots of flowers but I don’t know half of them. Someday😊 thanks Eliza😊

  18. dorannrule says:

    Sweet tea, sweet photos, and a very sweet little girl at a violet tea party.

  19. Heather says:

    What wonderful memories you must create together!
    I think I’ll go harvest some of the violets I have growing right now, but I think I’ll press mine onto cookies 🙂

  20. How wonderful. Perfect party.

  21. srickman2014 says:

    Oh my goodness what a wonderful experience for the young ladies that live by you! I too raised two sons, so no tea parties for me:( However, I now have a granddaughter and I see some tea parties in our future:)

  22. Julie says:

    Your teatime friend is adorable. LOVE this post– thank you.

  23. Brenda says:

    I am almost at a loss for words as to how much I love this. Spring violets, a tiny china tea set, and an elfin neighbor for a guest–sublime. I’m envious.

  24. The best of friendship! May it endure and bring many joyful pursuits.

  25. Kathy Sturr says:

    How sweet! Wonders of childhood. And … now I know what to do with all those violets. Just lovely Eliza!

  26. Rebecca says:

    I love violets. I had no idea they were edible — how gorgeous. What a lovely ritual 🙂

  27. Cathy says:

    If only I had enough violets – enough maybe to sprinkle a few to brighten a salad. The touch of mint sounds like a great idea. Your little tea-party visitor is possibly the best delight!

  28. Maria F. says:

    Thanks for this!

  29. gaiainaction says:

    How perfectly lovely Eliza! What a most beautiful this little flower is too, the violet. It would be something my grandchildren would enjoy very much too, thanks for the idea.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Agnes. It is a great spring ritual and what child doesn’t love a romp in the garden? I’m sure your grandchildren will enjoy the tea. Thanks for your visit!

  30. Jewels says:

    I love this Eliza, how wonderful! ❤

  31. Jen says:

    This is just the sweetest!! I have 2 sons as well, the closest we ever came to “tea” was a sassafras root drink….no pinkies up though! 🙂

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