Kapusta i Fiołek Ogrodowy
(pronounced feeoh-wehk Ohgrood-ohvih)
The literal translation is Violet of the Garden or Garden Violet.
The word loosely hints to the fact that the Pansy is the brother or friend of the violet. Or that the Bratek is the brat (brother) of the Fiołek.
Violas are related to violets and pansies. Violas tend to last better through the winter, so some gardeners prefer to use them. You can use any of these plants interspersed and bordering your cabbage, lettuce, and other plants to protect them from garden pests.
Violet, Viola and Pansy petals and leaves can be eaten:
- As part of a beautiful salad or dish garnish
- Crystallized on a dessert
- Make a jelly from them
- Use to delicately flavor a cake or icing
- Make a very traditional Torun dish called violet soup which is not common in modern cuisine
- Even the leaves can be cooked like spinach.
I must stress, however, that if you decide to eat the flowers and leaves, do not eat them if they have been sprayed with pesticides.
These photos come from our last trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden's Vegetable Gardens.
I hope this inspires you to garden and to think about non-traditional ways to grow your own food.
Watch for the next few Wordless (Wordy) Wednesday posts for gardening ideas and to see what we are growing in our own personal garden.
The majority of my seeds come from Dom itp. Some seeds they offer are sunflowers, pickling cucumbers, Polish wild strawberries, several different flowers including violets and garden violas, parsley roots (I highly recommend trying this in some of your recipes), and many other varieties. Their prices are comparable
to going to your local chain or gardening store. It's like
having a piece of Poland in your backyard.
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