Tuesday, April 12, 2011
A fun thing to do this time of year (in NC) is to gather a bunch of Wisteria Flowers and make a cool delicious drink with them.
Wisteria Flowers are edible and can be used in a variety of ways. They can be eaten raw as they are or mixed in salads. Wisteria Flower pancakes are a fun way to start your day.
To make a refreshing drink, make a cold infusion of the flowers by adding a bunch of flowers to some cool clean water and allow it to sit for a while or even over night. If you plan to let it sit over night it is a good idea to put the bottle in the fridge. Try to take as many of the flower stems off as you can (as you can see I didn't do such a good job of that). Use only the flowers, as the rest of the plant can be toxic if ingested, so never eat the seeds or leaves. The water will take on a slight lavender color and will have a flowery/sweet taste, so when it's ready, strain the flowers and put the drink in the fridge, it will last a couple of days. Don't let the flowers sit in the water too long or they will start to decompose and cloud the drink. Enjoy!
Posted by Alan at 2:54 PM