Viola Heartsease, also known as viola tricolour and wild pansy, are small pansy-like, edible flowers with a sweet, mild, lettuce-like flavour. They have a long flowering period, from March right through to October, and will happily self-seed. Tricolour; violet, yellow and white. Viola are very easy to raise from seed.
Sow: your viola seeds direct, where they are to flower, between March and May or August to September, in shallow drills. Choose a sunny or partially shaded site.
Aftercare: Thin to 15cm apart when seedlings are large enough to handle.
Harvest: flowers, when they have just opened, as required.
Commonly crystalised and used as gorgeous edible cake decorations. (Use a brush to paint on a little egg white then sprinkle gently with caster sugar, dry for a couple of hours and use within a week.) Petals can also be used to add interest to green salads or frozen in ice cube trays for dunking in summer drinks.
edible flower seeds - viola seeds