It's that time of year again when the Wisteria are flowering. This year is a wonderful show, compared to last year, maybe because of all the rain we have been having.
Last year was the first time I had made Wisteria water and I thought it was pretty good, but this year I decided to experiment a to "spice" it up a little. Info and ID photos for making the water are here: http://ethnobotanist128.blogspot.com/2011/04/wisteria-water.html .
I don't eat sugar and I usually use Stevia to sweeten things up but I have discovered a new product that I use on occasion. It's organic Palm Tree sap! It's not super sweet and has a very low glycemic index so I figured using it once in a while won't hurt. Besides, there is no bitter after taste like you get with Stevia.
Anyway, I added a small amount of freshly squeezed organic lemon juice and a touch of the Palm sap to the Wisteria water and WOW was it incredible! I like it so much I am going to collect a ton of Wisteria Flowers and make bunch of water and freeze it so I can have it after the flowers die off (as they are beginning to do, possibly because of the frost the past two days). Hopefully freezing the water won't affect its taste, well see, just another Ethnobotanical experiment! Give it a try.
Post Script: The other day I added some Spearmint to the mix as I usually do with lemonade, and it added a new dimension of greatness to the drink! Keep experimenting!