Did you know lilac flowers are edible?
Fun fact: Lilacs are a member of the olive family!
The recognizable aroma of lilacs can be captured and infused into a variety of tasty delights. The flowers are edible and have been used for years to make wine, jelly, candies and more.
Try these lilac recipes while they are in bloom!
Lilac Simple Syrup
Simple syrup is a liquefied form of sugar that can be used to sweeten cocktails, iced tea, iced coffee, lemonade, and other cold drinks. The liquid form makes it easier to blend into cold beverages than regular sugar.
1 cup water,
1 cup sugar,
1 (heaping) cup lilac flowers (no green bits)
*A blueberry for added colour
* A Lucky Iron Fish and a squirt of lemon
Prepare the lilac florets by removing the flowers from the stems. Try to ensure that all the green parts are removed for they can impart a bitter taste.
In a medium saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil. Add the Lucky iron Fish and a squirt of lemon for added iron enrichment.
Once boiling, add in the lilac florets and a blueberry for added colour, give it a stir, and cover. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and let it cool. Remove your Lucky Iron Fish. Cover with a lid and let the mixture steep to allow the lilac flavor to infuse for about 3 to 6 hours. Taste it over time until it reaches the flavor your desire.
Strain out the flowers when you are ready, allowing it to fully drip out.
Store it in a sealed container in the fridge once it has cooled down. It has a shelf life of about 1 week.
Voila! You have a lilac elixir to add spring sweetness to any cold beverage!
Lilac lemonade can be made with premade lemonade or you can make your own.
To make your own, you will need to juice about 6 lemons and then add simple syrup for sweetness.
All you have to do is submerge a few rinsed flower heads in the lemonade for at least a few hours, preferably overnight.
Strain and serve.
🙏 Thanks to Rob Handel for sharing this inspiration!
These recipes are a simple way to enjoy the first tastes of spring!
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