Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Holly's Top Ten Edible Herbs...#13

Red clover is a perennial favorite with adults and children alike, popping up its sweet head at the edge of every meadow and field. Though its cousin white clover is seldom used in culinary applications or in western herbal medicine, red clover (Trifolium pratense) is prized, partly because it makes a truly delicious tisane, and partly because it is a virtual medicine cabinet in itself.

To enjoy red clover’s unique talents, harvest several handfuls of the tops—the flower blossom plus the three little green leaves directly underneath them. For a lightly sweet tisane, or light tea, brew a handful of blossoms with 1 cup water for 5-8 minutes; sweeten with a touch of clover honey if desired. Children love this tea because it is sweet and lightly fragrant; adults love it because it is soothing and regenerative. In fact, red clover is considered an alterative or adaptogenic herb, meaning it helps the body adapt to stress and alter the way it reacts to outside stimuli.

Shred fresh blossoms into your salads and onto fresh fruit and vanilla ice cream. Try dipping large fresh blossoms into a chocolate sauce they way you do strawberries. Shred the blossoms into a vat of chocolate, add almonds if desired, and spread on a sheet of parchment paper on top of a cookie sheet. Place this in the refrigerator for an hour, then break or slice into bars or bark. Enjoy!

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