Viola odorata "Reid's Crimson Carpet"
(John Whitlesey, California, 1998)
It has been difficult to get an accurate photo of this crimson violet, but the striking color shown here is just about right. I don't think I've seen another violet this shade, and the scent is right on. This violet does not come true from seed. Look below at what a little Reid's Crimson Carpet (or any other violet) can do for a blueberry trifle pudding. For that and more great cooking ideas than I ever thought possible, visit Kitchen Lane. Photo from Kitchen Lane and used with permission. Zones 5-9. Quarts.