Spring herbs and flowers: 10 recipes for syrups, acetolites and healing wines.Don't store avocado like this: it's dangerous
Spring is the best season of the year for collection of medicinal plants, of the fresh flowers and some fruits to be used for the preparation of syrup, acetolites and healing wines, which can then be used throughout the year, given their long conservation.
So let's discover together some recipes to make the most of the gifts of spring, including strawberries, dandelions, chamomile and chives flowers.
Lo violet syrup it can be used for the preparation of beverages, creams and baked desserts. For its preparation they are necessary 50 grams of violets, 150 milliliters of boiling water and 300 grams of sugar. The petals of the flowers must be detached, which must be placed in a bowl covered with boiling water and with a napkin. The flowers must be left to infuse for 24 hours. Then they must be transferred to a saucepan, into which to pour the sugar. The sugar must be completely dissolved by placing the saucepan in a pot containing boiling water, in a bain-marie. The syrup can then be filtered through a sieve and poured into a bottle to be stored in the refrigerator or in a cool place. for one year.
Healing dandelion wine
Healing dandelion wine is prepared using i fresh dandelion flowers, sugar, orange juice, lemon juice, fresh lime juice, citrus peel and a few other ingredients. Its maceration can continue for up to three weeks. For its preparation follow the complete recipe, step by step. It is advisable to collect fresh dandelion flowers in the countryside, in areas located away from car traffic. It is rich in calcium, iron e Vitamin C and is useful for detoxifying the liver.
With the dandelion you can also try to prepare the so-called vegan honey or dandelion syrup, excellent for coughs and sore throats
Acetolyte with aromatic herbs
A healing vinegar, or acetolito, can be prepared using chopped aromatic herbs, which are in equal quantities, fresh or dried. You can use oregano, parsley, dandelion, horsetail and nettle leaves. Herbs must be placed on the bottom of a glass jar, to be filled with apple cider vinegar. The jar must be tightly closed, stored in the dark and shaken once a day for a month. Then the vinegar can be filtered and transferred to a bottle. It can be used as a dressing on salads or employed as natural purifying remedy, in the amount of one or two teaspoons a day.
Take advantage of the presence of strawberries as a seasonal fruit for the preparation of this homemade wine. For its preparation you need 3 kg of fresh strawberries, 2 kg of sugar, the juice of 1 lemon and 7 liters of boiling water. Strawberries must be crushed inside an earthenware container, covered with boiling water and lemon juice. You have to mix everything, cover the container with a cloth and let it rest for a week, stirring once a day. Then it is necessary to filter the liquid through a cloth or a colander, to remove the strawberry pulp. The liquid obtained must be mixed with sugar and transferred to a jug, in which it will have to rest for another week, stirring every day. At this point it can be transferred to one fermentation demijohn, to be closed with a cork, in which it will have to be left ferment for one year before being decanted into bottles and filtered.
Purifying herbal tea with medicinal flowers
One of the simplest spring preparations involves the collection of flowers and healing herbs for drying and to be used to make a purifying herbal tea. Calculate the amount of herbs to use based on their volume. Then add the following quantities of dried flowers and herbs: 2 parts (for example, 2 tablespoons) of lemon balm, 1 part (for example, a tablespoon) of marigold flowers, 1 part of dandelion leaves, 1 part of jasmine flowers , 1 part of rose petals, 1 part of red clover buds, ¼ of lavender flowers. Mix the ingredients and store them in a glass jar. The indicative storage times are 6 months. Used 1 or 2 teaspoons of herbs per cup of boiling water, leaving to infuse for about ten minutes and filtering.
Il common centocchio, or Stellaria media, is a plant rich in vitamins, iron and potassium, which can be used for the preparation of a acetolito to be used as a condiment or as a tonic to be taken from time to time, for its curative effects aimed particularly at allergies. It is prepared by placing a bunch of the herb in a glass jar, to be filled with white vinegar, to be closed with a lid and left to rest in a bright place for a few weeks.
Cold nettle infusion
After boiling, the nettle loses all its irritating power. This allows it to be used in the kitchen, for the preparation of dishes and beverages. Fresh nettle leaves can be used for making infusions, along with fresh mint and fresh red clover in equal quantities. Half a glass of each herb can be mixed in 2 liters of boiling water inside a jug and left to rest for 4-12 hours. Then the infusion can be filtered and served as a fresh drink, to be sweetened to taste and to which you can add ice cubes.
For the preparation of a aromatic honey it is simply necessary to mix edible and curative dried flowers, such as chamomile flowers, with honey and leave everything to rest inside a closed jar for two weeks. This way you get a honey from relaxing properties to be added as a sweetener to the preparation of herbal teas, as well as an effective natural remedy against sore throat.
For the preparation ofhoneysuckle elixir you need to use 2 cups of honeysuckle flowers, 1/3 cup of raw honey and ½ liter of brandy, rum or cognac. Inside a glass jar pour and mix all the ingredients. Close the container and let it rest in a dark place four to six weeks, shaking from time to time. It is a relaxing and healing elixir, useful in case of bronchitis o influence.
Chive flower acetolyte
Precisely in the spring period, between May and June, it is possible to harvest the chive flowers, with a characteristic purplish or pink color. You get great aromatic vinegar to be used as a condiment. Fill a glass jar 2/3 full with the chive flowers. therefore fill it with white wine vinegar. Close the jar and leave stand in the dark for two weeks, shaking from time to time. Then filter with the help of a colander and using a funnel transfer the vinegar into a bottle.
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