10 Edible (and Free!) Springtime Wild Plants

5. Violets

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Picking wild violets and putting them in a vase is a good way to brighten up your home, but there is so much more that violets can be used for!

So much, in fact, that you may want to consider giving violets some space in your home garden.

The leaves have a satisfying and mild flavor, and they can be eaten cooked or raw. The flowers themselves are typically used for decorative purposes, but some people incorporate them into poultry stuffing.

Violet flower essence makes a good addition to creams and soufflés. Violets also have a slightly laxative quality, so if you become constipated, you can find some relief by eating several of the leaves.

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