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Quick question as I'm looking out the window at work at a lovely tree in full blossom...
Is there anything useful that blossom can be used for?
Any ideas welcome :)
Just found this - apparently Japan makes a bg thing of cherry blossoms and has 'Blossom Parties' - no idea as to the variety of cherry-blossoms used, or if any preparation has been done to them though...
mmmmmmmm Roast Breast of Duck with Cherry Blossom Glaze and Fresh Wasabi - i like the sound of that :D
Was thinking of more bushcrafty things to be doing with blossom... tho I might try the Cherry Blossom Royale (http://starchefs.com/features/cherry_blossoms/html/royale_j_dechellis.shtml) next time I'm on top of a munro as a reward.
I seem to recall Huge Furry Whats-is-name fried a load of elder-flower and some other blooms, perhaps this would work blossom too?
There are definitely lots of edible flowers out there, and many books on this subject - however, as far as chery blossom goes, I'm not sure. I've just discovered that Wild or Black Cherry flowers (prunus serotinus) are not only inedible, but are poisonous, so I thought I'd post this update. So I guess you can eat 'real' cherry blossoms, but then you'd probably just want to wait until you got 'real' cherries :)
I've just discovered that Wild or Black Cherry flowers (prunus serotinus) are not only inedible, but are poisonous, so I thought I'd post this update.
Cheers for the info - I doubt many people here would just tuck into a handful of blossom from just any tree but forewarned is forearmed as they say.
So I guess you can eat 'real' cherry blossoms, but then you'd probably just want to wait until you got 'real' cherries :)
I don't think so, cant stand cherries. Evil things.
The following recipe for Hawthorn flower liqueur was in last months Woodland Trust newsletter:
"Fill a wide-necked bottle with the flowers, with their stalks removed, sprinkle with sugar (two tablespoons for an average-sized bottle) and cover with brandy. Keep for at least 3 months, shaking occasionaly. Strain and seal before drinking."