When we lived on an acreage in the prairies, my daughter and I would search through the trees for open grasslands where the sun shone in abundance in order to find early blue violets. We would add these to decorate our plates, cakes, and salads and use them as a flourish on our lemonade because they were so pretty. I have also learned that the leaves can be used to make a mild tea, high in vitamin A and C. The seeds are spread by ants which means they end up everywhere. And, apparently the common garden pansy is a member of this family as well.
AIRdirondack Art Project