Eating Forsythia?!?!?!?!   4 comments

Did you know that Forsythia, Forsythia spp., flowers are edible?  I didn’t, either; until I watched the DVD:

“Edible plants: Wild + Tame” (Spring) by Blanche Cybele Derby.  (1)

 

 In the video Derby suggests using the flowers in salad.  I had never heard of such a thing, so began to do further research.  Indeed the flowers are edible and can be used fresh in salads.   I, also, found an interesting recipe for Forsythia syrup! (2)  The plant is, also, used in Chinese medicine as an anti-inflammatory and to reduce fever.  Forsythia is the common name for any member of the small genus Forsythia (which is also it’s Latin name) of the family Oleaceae ( olive family).

Feeling confident in this new knowledge I decided to give Forsythia flowers a try.  It’s important to remember that any new food can cause an allergic reaction; weather prepared in a restaurant, purchased in a supermarket or foraged in the wild.  So, I like to go slow the first time out, and sample a small amount.  I ate only 6 flowers; with only one reaction, pleasure!  They taste like they smell, mildly fresh, vibrant and springy!  I decorated some deviled eggs and pasta salad with the forsythia blossoms and a few dandelions.  It was all extra delicious!  Tomorrow I’ll eat a dozen flowers; the day after, two dozen.  Assuming all goes well, I’ll be making Forsythia syrup, this weekend.  Thank you, very much, localkitchenblog (2).

REFERENCES:

 

(1) Blanche Cybele Derby:  http://www.tagyerit.com/freefood.htm

 

 (2) Forsythia syrup: http://localkitchenblog.com/2010/04/13/forsythia-syrup/

Thanx for stopping by.  See you next time.

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4 responses to “Eating Forsythia?!?!?!?!

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  1. Pingback: Forsythia. . .Already!?!?!? « Forageporage's Blog

  2. Reblogged this on Forageporage's Blog.

  3. Blanche is the one who told me you can lick the nectar from tulip tree flowers. I’ll have to try this one too (if you’re still alive tomorrow!)

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