Are Lilacs Edible?
Lilac Lemonade Ingredients
- a pitcher of lemonade
- 1/4-1/2 cup lilac blooms (*rinsed well*)
- popsicle molds (*I prefer the food grade silicone ones as the popsicles are easier to remove after freezing*)
- wood popsicle sticks
- ice cube tray (*if you have leftover lemonade & want to make some pretty cubes for beverages*)
How to Forage Lilacs for Recipes
A few things to note when picking these beautiful blooms for edibles:
- The morning is the best time to pick your lilacs – when their blooms are more likely to be open from the sun’s dawn.
As with any “foraging” you do, never use any florals that you are not 100% certain you can identify correctly. Lilac flowers for recipes should come from the Common Lilac, not a Persian Lilac/Chinaberry bush. Ensure your lilac bush hasn’t been sprayed with chemicals/pesticides & only pick from open-air areas free of pollution from traffic and such.
- After cutting the stems from your lilac bush, give them a good shake to remove any insects or dirt. Carefully pluck off each individual flower, ensuring they are removed from/free of the green stem. Add your blooms to a small dish & rinse lightly to remove any more debris/dirt/bugs.
(Foraging Sources: The Farmer’s Daughter and Fiesta Farms)
How to Make Lilac Lemonade Popsicles
Lilac Lemonade Popsicles
- Popsicle mold & Ice Cube Tray
- Popsicle sticks
- 1 pitcher premade or homemade lemonade
- ¼ cup lilac blooms *rinsed well*
- After following the foraging notes about picking/eating lilacs above, sprinkle some pre-washed blooms into each of your popsicle mold openings.
- Pour lemonade into each popsicle slot to the fill line, cover & add a popsicle stick to each slot (ensuring enough of the stick is exposed to easily pull the frozen treats out later).
- Freeze the lilac lemonade popsicles at least 4 hours in the freezer. Consume within 1-2 days of making. Enjoy! #LaCucinadiKerrs @House_of_Kerrs
Lilac Lemonade Popsicles Food-torial
I hope you and your crew enjoy these simple Lilac Lemonade Popsicles. Maybe some sweet relief from the impending emotional damage of tonight’s This Is Us finale (*welp*)! This Is Us is all of us – the raw emotion of the characters’ experience felt real and tangible and the flash backs and flash forwards inspired some of the content our own family shared here (the heartache of losing Jack, the “Big 3” scenes by the pool…). However you enjoy these sweet & sour pops, I hope it’s with the ones you love most.
“You took the sourest lemon that life has to offer and turned it into something resembling lemonade.”
~ Dr. Nathan Katowski, This Is Us
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