Flavor Focus: Blodeuwedd
Written by Whitney Nellé for WytchWood
Photo: IG @Medievalmuse02
Let’s take an in-depth look at Wytchwood’s Spring flavor, violet- infused Blodeuwedd. There’s something special about it from the very first glance at the bottle.
The label features a drawing of Blodeuwedd, the Welsh Goddess of Spring. With flowers in her hair and an owl cradled in her arm, she welcomes you toward the unique maple experience inside.
The syrup’s color is incredibly light, almost like golden sunlight shining through the window, with the slightest purple tint from the infused violets. Color is important for flavor in maple syrup. A light, golden color means a delicate taste, and that is a perfect description for this incomparable violet syrup.
Take your first sniff of the syrup and you’re met with a bright, almost fruity aroma! It’s a lovely surprise for anyone expecting the usual maple smell. In fact, it’s difficult to detect any maple in the scent, even on a second, deeper whiff. Floral, fruit, even a deeply layered hint of spice, but no maple at all.
The first taste also masks the maple flavor. Blodeuwedd is so light on the tongue, it tastes like candy! The maple finally comes through when used in greater quantities, but it remains subtle and, as expected from the color, delicate. This makes Blodeuwedd an excellent option for anyone who wants to enjoy the health benefits of maple syrup but has resisted due to an aversion to maple flavor.
How I Use It:
A summery morning smoothie:
-8 ounces almond milk
-1 cup frozen blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries
-1/4 cup oats
-2 teaspoons Blodeuwedd violet-infused maple syrup
-2 teaspoons flaxseed
-3 teaspoons vanilla almond yogurt
-1 handful baby spinach
-3 shakes ground cinnamon
-Cover with sliced almonds
-Blend and enjoy!
The result is a refreshing and fragrant breakfast smoothie that jumpstarts my day. I get instant energy from the natural sugars in the syrup and berries, but long-lasting energy from the carbs in the syrup, nuts, and banana. It’s also a skin-booster from all the antioxidants.
With warmer weather coming, there’s no better way to supercharge your morning smoothie than with the exquisitely bright and unique taste of Blodeuwedd.
A Magickal Use:
Violets are quiet, little forest magical flowers. They spring up in fields, lawns, and at the edges of forest floor. Before her companion wild weeds begin to bud, she’s blooming away, gathering in the cool, damp spring days. She works magically when taken internally to calm the nerves, stimulate prophetic dreams and visions, creativity, and promotes peace & tranquility. Carry or give to newly married couples or new baby & mother to bring luck to the bearer. Violets are associated with protection. Place a sachet of dried violets and amethyst, scented with one or two drops of Blodeuwedd, on your altar or other sacred places. Swap the amethyst for black tourmaline and carry the sachet with you in moments when you need protection from negative energy. This syrup is also perfect for dressing purple ritual candles!