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LIme flowers
Mon 30-May-11
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Just been given some lime flowers by my new neighbour: am going to use them to make lime flower tea, but if anyone has any other ideas do let me know!smile

Mon 30-May-11
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This article suggest quite a few ideas for using herbs and flowers as part of a 'natural' medicine chest, all from a herbalist.

Lime much used in France, as a daily tisane, though not so much in the UK. Robbins quotes research showing that children with flu recover more quickly when treated with an infusion of lime flowers than they do with antibiotics. A tisane of lime flowers helps reduce blood pressure, anxiety, irritability. Pick them in late June or early July.

Interesting reading.

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Mon 30-May-11
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I know I had a recipe somewhere that used them, to the point that I bought some from an organic shop in York a few months ago (dried),but can't find the recipe now - sorry not much help really, am I?

Tue 31-May-11
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brightspark said:

 Robbins quotes research showing that children with flu recover more quickly when treated with an infusion of lime flowers than they do with antibiotics.

 

That's probably because flu is caused by a virus and antibiotics dont touch them wink

Tue 31-May-11
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Tilleul  (French name for Lime Flower Tea)

 

Gather the flowers whilst they are in full bloom, and lay them out on trays or sheets of paper in a warm, well-ventialted room to dry.  After 2 or 3 weeks they should have turned brittle and will be ready for use.  Make tes from them in the usual way, experimenting with strengths, and serve like China tea, without milk.

 

'Borrowed' this from Food for Free by Richdard Mabey

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Tue 31-May-11
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sorry

Just reread your post - you wanted other ideas not a recipe  DOH !!

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Tue 31-May-11
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Peace offerering   champagne   

 

Lime Flower Fizz

An unusual use of the lime flower but very tasty, this slightly alcoholic drink can be made by picking a pint of lime flowers, picking out the unwanted bits, and combining them with a few ounces of sugar dissolved in a couple of pints of water.  Any sterile container will do, but make sure the flowers are covered.  Add a sliced crushed lemon for flavor and cap loosely, then let sit for a few days.  The fermentation process can be noisy and indent the bottle; this is normal.  Strain the pale green liquid and pour into tightly capped glass bottles to finish the carbonation process.  After about a week the color should be golden and fizzy.  It tastes like ginger beer with a flowery undertone.  smile

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Tue 31-May-11
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Original Redhead said:

sorry

Just reread your post - you wanted other ideas not a recipe  DOH !!

Maybe but I did wonder how you were supposed to deal with them and when to pick them so thanks from me cheers

Tue 31-May-11
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thanks for all; the lime fizz requires too many flowers but looks delish; next year maybe!

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