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Spring Foraging – Lilac Infused Recipes

05.09.21
CulturallyOurs How To Make Lilac Infused Water

Lilac infused recipes to help preserve the essence of these beautiful Spring blooms.

One of the sure signs of Spring is the blooming bushes of fragrant lilac flowers. In many places these beautiful purple flowers grow in the wild making them the perfect plant to forage. Lilacs are often considered to symbolize young love and remembrance. In Greece, Lebanon, and Cyprus, the lilac is strongly associated with Easter (May) because it flowers around that time. The scientific name for lilac is Syringa Vulgaris, and the name is derived from the Greek word “syrinks” which means pipe.CulturallyOurs How to make Lilac Infused WaterLilacs grow in flowering shrubs or small trees. They are in the olive family with beautiful fragrant blossoms that range in colors like white, pink, magenta, lilac or even dual toned in shades of pink and white. Their leaves are heart shaped and their flowers are oval or cone-shaped clusters of four-petaled blossoms.

Not everyone knows that these beautiful blossoms are edible and are actually quite delicious. But lilacs are also one of the shortest flowering plants so one of the best ways to preserve their sweet smell, fragrance and essence is to make infused products like infused honey, infused syrup or even just enjoy a tall cool glass of lilac infused water.

Harvesting Lilac Flowers

Since most lilac shrubs grow in yards, gardens or even by the side of highways and roads, you need to take care when harvesting. Make sure that the lilacs you harvest from bushes and shrubs have not been sprayed with any pesticides or herbicides. If you are gathering lilacs from a neighbor’s yard, be sure to get permission first and find out if they have been sprayed with anything before using.CulturallyOurs How to make Lilac Infused WaterWhen you are harvesting lilac flowers, be sure to pick the freshest looking ones that haven’t begun to turn brown or even have some unopened buds.

Preserving Lilac Flowers

Here are a collection of foraged lilac recipes to try this Spring.

#1 Lilac Infused Water

One of the simplest ways to enjoy the freshness and sweet fragrance of lilacs is to infuse it in your water. This can be great for a picnic or even just when you are out and about during much needed yardwork.CulturallyOurs How to make Lilac Infused WaterIngredients

  • Fresh and clean lilac blossoms
  • Cool fresh water in a jar

Method

  • Cut the lilac flowers off from the stems and place in a pitcher or mason jar
  • Pour cool/cold water into the pitcher or jar
  • The flowers will automatically rise to the surface
  • Leave the flowers in the cool/cold water for a few hours so as to let the flavor and fragrance infuse into the water
  • When you are ready to drink, you can either drain out the flowers or leave them be since they are edibleCulturallyOurs How to make Lilac Infused Water

#2 Lilac Infused Honey

Making lilac infused honey is very simple and is a great way to preserve edible blooms like lilacs, wild rose, lavender or even wild violets. The process is the same – just make sure that the blooms you are using are edible. CulturallyOurs How To Make Lilac Infused HoneyIngredients

  • 2 cups fresh lilac flowersgreen stems removed
  • 1/2 cup of raw honey

Method

  • First cut the lilac flowers off the stem and put them into a mason jar or any clear glass jar that has a lid
  • Once the jar is full of lilac flowers, pour inthe raw honey to completely cover the flowers. Close the jar and store in a cool place.
  • The honey will settle and may take a few days to make it to the bottom of the jar. Let it sit for a bit and occasionally turn the for a bit to mix the honey and the flowers.
  • After a bit the lilac flowers will inevitably float to the top of the honey and the flowers will shrink and become a small mass of flowers at the top of the jar.
  • Let the honey infuse for at least a few days.
  • When you are ready to use the honey you can easily scoop out the mass of flowers from the top of the jar with a spoon.CulturallyOurs How To Make Lilac Infused Honey

#3 Lilac Infused Tincture

Lilacs also have many medicinal purposes as well as being edible. But it is important to only use lilacs that are free of any pesticides or chemicals so pay attention to where you forage them. It is said that lilac tincture massaged on the skin in joint areas can help with reducing arthritis progression or massaged on the skin of the neck in fighting a cough and other throat related diseases. CulturallyOurs Summer Foraging Recipes From RussiaMaria Dokshina shared a lilac tincture recipe from her summer foraging adventures in her hometown of St. Petersburg Russia.

#4 Lilac Infused Syrup

Just like the lilac infused honey, you can also infuse lilac into homemade syrup and use it on pancakes, toast, ice cream or even just water.CulturallyOurs Lilac Infused SyrupIngredients

  • 2cups fresh lilac florets
  • 1cup granulated sugar
  • 1cup water

Method

  • First cut the lilac flowers off the stems
  • In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water over medium heat. Bring to a boil while stirring until all the sugar has dissolved.
  • Add the lilac florets, stir gently, and cover.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool with the cover on the pan. As it cools and rests, the lilacs will add their sweet flavor to the syrup.
  • Let it rest for at least a couple of hours so that all the flavor is transferred to the syrup.
  • Strain the syrup into a fine-mesh strainer resting on a large bowl.
  • After straining, pour the finished lilac syrup into a glass container with a tight-sealing lid.

Things To Note About Infused Lilacs

  • The infused honey will store for at least several months in a pantry
  • The infused syrup should be refrigerated where it should keep for a week or two.
  • Drink the lilac infused water right away and you can always make a fresh batch as needed

Another great Spring foraging recipe is a basic Dandelion salad. Many people consider dandelions as a pesky weed but in reality, the dandelion is an incredibly versatile plant in that every part of the plant is edible and useful. In salads, teas, smoothies and many more. It is also very nutritious and extremely good for health.

Have you tried foraging for edible plants and flowers around your neighborhood? You never know what treasure chest of nature’s bounty you might find!

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