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A delicacy full of charm
The violet of Toulouse (France city in the South) is a delicacy elaborated from the flower of the violet. It is a candy of boiled sugar to taste or use to make some pastries or confectionery. The violet confectionery calms sore throats and headaches. The violet candy weighs about 2.3 grams.
Ingredients: Sugar, glucose syrup, aroma, acidifier: citric acid, dye of natural origin: anthocyanins
Confectionery 100% made in France.
Without palm oil.
Guarantee: Without palm oil, paraben, silicone, paraffin or PEG, without coloring or synthetic perfume and without GMO.
Storage: In a dry place away from light
Best before date: See label on packaging
History of candy violet
From the Middle Ages, fruits and flowers are already confit. And the violet serves in particular to prepare "sugar rape" and "syrup of violet" that is used for medicinal purposes, such as softening the voice for example because we used to say the violet therapeutic virtues are to calm sore throat or to cure the headache.
It was at the end of the 19th century that a certain Mr. Viol, born in Toulouse, had the idea of crystallizing violet flowers to make candies, as with mimosa seeds or Bengal roses. This idea gives him some success. And, in 1879 in Toulouse, a certain Bonnel also made his reputation thanks to his violets in sugar.
Very quickly, the city of Toulouse specializes in this production. Legend or not, it would be a Toulousain soldier, back from Italy, who reportedly brought violet seedlings from Parma and thus initiated the cultivation of these flowers in his native region. This culture develops very quickly and as early as 1845, one finds traces of cultivation of Parma violets (also called Neapolitan violets or violets of Constantinople) north of Toulouse, in Saint-Jory. In 1907, 400 farmers are fully dedicated to this culture. This represents an area of 20 hectares and a production of 600,000 bouquets a year!
In the seventeenth century, there are codified recipes of candied violet marmalade or candies. Thus a certain Massialot scrupulously describes, in his work the Royal Confiturier, how to confide the violets to sugar.
But we must still wait until the 19th century for this confectionery to take on the aspect we know today and become a specialty of the famous pink city. Violets are so fashionable at this time and their trade is so flourishing that the violets dealers were taxed during the Revolution! Then, the violet becomes ... imperial, opposing to the royal lily!
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Sachet of 150 grams of violet candy from Toulouse. (France city in the South)
- Delicate and romantic
- Natural flavor
- Can be used for decoration
100% made in France