A couple of weeks ago, I looked through my phone to find a screenshot from Sandra's blog, atilio.se, of a recipe on how to make lemonade from the willowherbs growing just about everywhere this time of the year.
I had this saved from last autumn, obviously with the hopeful intention to recreate it once I could get a hold of the tall and pink flowers.
The weed goes under plentiful of titles; Chamaenerion angustifolium, Fireweed and Rosebay Willowherb. I picked the latter as a little tribute to the character from Buffy the vampire slayer - only one of my favourite pastimes to watch. The manuscript of that show makes me chuckle so much.
- Gently pull the petals from the stalks and place them in a large skillet.
- Slice the lemon and place them like a blanket over the flowers.
- Combine water, sugar and citric acid - bring to a boil and stir until the syrup has become transparent.
- Pour the syrup over the petals and sliced lemon. Leave in a cool, dark place to combine for 3 days. Drain the mixture and bottle.
- 15 willowherb petals
- 2 litres of water
- 2 kilos of caster sugar
- 2 lemons
- 50 grams citric acid
To serve, dilute 1 part cordial with 4 parts water.