I love drinking herbal teas, but I suppose you already know this! The last years I’ve been drying flowers and herbs from our garden to make my own blend. But there’s so much more to learn about the benefits of herbs, weed and flowers. At the moment I’m reading a lot about it and trying to practice it.
One of the most wonderful flowers is the blossom of the hawthorn, blooming in May. We planted a hawthorn hedge 3 years ago and it has been growing really quickly. It’s the first year we have these lovely blossoms!
This plant is the ultimate heart tonic.The young leaves, flower buds and berries are all edible, and the plants are increasingly valuable herbal medicines.The leaves, emerging flower buds, and flowers, are a more than useful addition to salads during the early spring. Always harvest the fresh new leaves, rather than the older and tougher leaves. Young leaves are lovely when accompanied by a dressing, and mixed with grated roots such as beetroot, carrot, and ginger.
On a sunny and dry day, around noon, I’ve been harvesting the best blossoms as they may not be open too much or withered. I dry them on paper on a a baking rack in a dry, ventilated and dark place. Once they were dried, I stored them in brown paper bags. Hopefully I’ll have enough until next spring!!!
Do some of you also have been experimenting with drying hawthorn blossoms? Any recommendations for mixing them with other dried flowers or herbs?