Lilac flowers are the first sign that winter is finally over and spring is right at our doorstep. Most people are not familiar with the fact that these beautiful flowers are edible and more importantly delicious as well.
Unfortunately, they do not for very long, therefore if you are planning to use them in any way you must be prepared and act fast. Moreover, preparing lilac flower infused honey is a great way to make use of these flowers and their amazing flavor. With that thought in mind, we present you with helpful tips and instructions on how to infuse honey with lilac blossoms.
Harvesting lilac flowers
When it comes to using lilac flowers in this recipe, making sure they are taken care of properly is very important. If you have sprayed these flowers with any type of herbicides or pesticides it is not safe to use them to prepare this honey.
In case you have no lilac flowers in your garden and are planning to borrow some from a friend or a neighbor, you should ask if they sprayed their flowers.
For this recipe you will be needing no more than four or five large clusters of lilac flowers and remember, when picking them up go for those that are looking the freshest, avoid picking the ones that started turning brown.
How to make lilac infused honey
Preparing infused honey is easy and simple and if you cannot find lilac flowers you can always use lavender flowers, violas or calendula as a substitute.
The first thing you need to do is grab a pair of scissors and start cutting the flowers off the stems and then put them into a pint mason jar. Lilacs make this pretty easy as they are large and sturdy compared to other delicate flowers like elderflowers for example.
When you’ve filled the pint jar with flowers, grab the honey and pour it into the jar until it completely covers the flowers. Then, wait as it will take a while for the honey to reach and settle on the bottom of the jar. When it does, you may notice some bubbles coming up to the surface. Next, let it sit for a few minutes and then pour in a bit more honey if needed.
After a while you may also notice that some of the flowers have come to the surface and are floating on the top of the honey, do not worry because this is completely normal. As time passes by, the flowers will all shrink and gather at the top of the jar with the honey stelledbellow them. Now you can put a cap over the jar and seal it. Leave the honey to infuse for a week or two and remember it is good to stir the flowers as often as you like.
How to use lilac infused honey
This infused honey can be used in two ways: you can first scoop the flowers from the top of the jar and remove them, or you can leave them in and use it as such.
Lilac infused honey is no different from regular honey, except it is more delicious, and it can be used just as regular honey. Spread it over your toast, biscuits, scones or simply eat it right out of the jar.
Another great thing about this honey is that it can store several months, which is a big plus.
A fun way to use lilac infused honey is to mix it with butter to create an amazing spread, or you can also mix it with some tea and make lilac syrup. To make this syrup, just combine 2/3 honey and 1/3 tea. If you want your syrup to be thicker you can experiment and switch up the amount of honey and tea.
Lilac flower infused honey recipe
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Infusing time: 3 day or more
Total time: 30 minutes
- 1 ½ cups raw honey or more if needed
- 2 cups of fresh lilac flowers
- First, cut the lilac flowers and transfer them into a mason jar. Then, when the jar is full, start pouring in the honey and cover the flowers completely.
- Leave it for a few minutes, so the honey can settle in the jar and once it does pour in some more honey if needed.
- After some time, you’ll notice that the lilac flowers have floated on the surface and are in the top of the honey, do not panic it is okay.
- Secure the jar with a cap and leave the honey to infuse for a few days or even better weeks.
- Once time has passed, open the jar and dig in.