Violet vinegar

Yield: 2 Pints

Measure Ingredient
4 cups Wild purple violets
4 cups Rice vinegar
\N \N 1991 ADAMS, Marcia
\N \N Heartla d
\N \N Clarkso Potter/
\N \N Publish r. New York.

Pack 2 pint jars tightly with the violets. Pour the vinegar (unheated) over the violets. Cover tightly and allow to stand in a sunny window for 4 or 5 days; the violets will bleach out and the vinegar become a marvelous pale lavender. Strain and keep refrigerated.

NOTE: The original recipe called for cider vinegar, but to capture the delicate color and flavor of the violets, I use Japanese rice vinegar, which is not as strong or as dark as cider vinegar.

Submitted by John Hartman Indianapolis, IN 1996 hartman@...

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