Violets: we see them in our yards, in fields, anywhere we go in spring there's some sort of violet. How many different indigenous species are there in the state of Ohio? That is up for much debate. Give or take, there are at least 30 different indigenous types, if we included the hybrids, the non-native introduced, the others in the Violaceae family, we're looking at closer to 135!
Ones that I've found you can see below.
The common blue violet can be found all over in fields, lawns, woodlands, and when foraging in your backyard this flower can be used to liven up salads!
That's right, another yummy flower that you can eat right from your yard (reminder: only if you don't spray noxious chemicals on your lawn! Otherwise you could become very, very sick.).
Gather the flowerheads -I recommend the blue violets because they're so plentiful-, just about a handful, wash gently, toss in any salad. This adds a light peppery taste and a whole lot of color! Or use as a garnish on the side. This'll liven up any plate!
Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.