*Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Burt’s Bees. I am being compensated to develop a recipe and share information about the Wild For Bees Campaign with you; all opinions expressed here are 100% mine.

This week I am teaming up with the folks from Burt’s Bees to bring awareness to the plight of the honeybee. Bees are in trouble, my friends, and that means we are, too: the stark reality is that one-third of our food supply (including much of our healthiest produce and perhaps surprisingly: coffee and cocoa) will disappear if the bees do. This issue hits close to home for me because the bees I was keeping died this past winter.

Wild For Bees Campaign | Healthy Green Kitchen

Through the Wild For Bees Initiative, Burt’s Bees wants to encourage us all to celebrate bees! Wild For Bees is a resource where you can see what honeybees are all about and learn how to help them thrive. You can also find numerous bee-pollinated recipes created by beekeeping chefs.

As part of this campaign, I was asked to come up with my own recipe featuring mostly pollinated ingredients. My garden is brimming with beautiful strawberries and roses right now, so I decided to blend the two into a somewhat non-traditional strawberry rose lassi, a yogurt-based drink popular in India.

Strawberry rose lassi from Healthy Green Kitchen

Use the ripest organic strawberries you can find for this recipe, preferably from your own garden or your local Farmer’s Market. Bees do best with chemical-free food and so do we! As for the rose petals, these are completely optional. I sneak edible flowers into recipes all the time for their nutritive/medicinal qualities, but in all honestly, the fresh rose petals don’t add tons of flavor here. If you do want to use them, make sure they have not been sprayed with any chemicals (again, organic plants are the healthiest for the bees and for us); another option is to add a few drops of rosewater to your lassi. Should you decide to skip all things related to rose, you can add a pinch of cardamom to your lassi, if you like (cardamom is also pollinated by bees).

Strawberry Rose Lassi from www.healthygreenkitchen.com

Recipe for Strawberry Rose Lassi

Yield: serves 1

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

A non-traditional lassi featuring ingredients that depend on pollinators: strawberries and rose petals.

Ingredients:

*1 cup hulled organic strawberries, cut in half (if large)
*1 handful of fresh, unsprayed rose petals
*1/2 cup plain, organic yogurt
*1/2 cup organic whole milk (I drink raw milk)
*1-2 teaspoons raw honey (optional)
*Tiny pinch of ground cardamom (optional)
*A few drops of rosewater, or to taste (optional)
*Tiny pinch of fine Himalayan or sea salt

Directions:

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender (I use a blendtec) until smooth. Taste and adjust amount of strawberries, milk, yogurt, and/or cardamom, if you like.

Strawberry Rose Lassi from www.healthygreenkitchen.com

If you are on twitter, make sure to follow Burt’s Bees and keep an eye on the hashtag #wildforbees; if you are on pinterest, you can follow the Wild For Bees board here. And if you have some space, consider keeping bees or at the very least planting some wildflowers in order to attract bees and other pollinators to your yard: you can sign up to get free wildflower seeds here.

 

11 Comments

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    Oui, Chef — June 17, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

    This sounds quite fabulous, Winnie….YUM!

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    deweydecimaldiva — June 18, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    what an awesome campaign! i LOVE bees – have a weird obsession with them & actually bought several books about them for my library last year.

    also that lassi looks delicious & great for the summer!

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    Donna Lanting — June 18, 2013 @ 11:55 am

    This strawberry recipe looks very delicious and refreshing! I’ve never tried this before. I have strawberries in my garden and it’s already ripe for harvest. I can’t wait to try this recipe! ;-)

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    Sarah Crowder — June 18, 2013 @ 11:43 pm

    Do you usually add the honey? I made something similar recently and was surprised that I reached for the honey…even with sweet strawberries it needed some added sweetness. Mine had the yogurt but no milk, though. Maybe the milk would help.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — June 19, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    This lassi looks delicious! I love the addition of rose :) I have a secret love for bees (even though I’m always terrified of getting stung) and keep telling Art I want to move to the country so I can get chickens and bees.

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    Linda — June 19, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

    I have never heard of putting Rose Petals in drinks or food of any kind. I sounds wonderful. You are so right about the bees. I will follow the This on Pinterest.

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    Rose - The Clean Dish — June 19, 2013 @ 11:04 pm

    What a wonderful recipe!! And I love your photos. My mom uses a lot of fresh/dried rose petals. Sharing :)

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    Noemi Bostrom — June 20, 2013 @ 11:37 am

    This bee pollinated recipe is very interesting! I love strawberries and I would really love to try this. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. I’m sure my husband will love it! ;-)

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    Suzanne perazzini — June 22, 2013 @ 10:56 pm

    I am wholeheartedly behind you and Burt’s Bees. The idea of no bees and so very little food is horrifying, but could be a reality. I say we all dig up our lawns and sow wild bee-friendly flowers.

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    Shenita Romos — June 25, 2013 @ 12:18 am

    I love this strawberry recipe! I’m also interested with the rose petals as part of the ingredients. I’m sure this is very delicious and refreshing. Thanks a lot! ;-)

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    James — September 8, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

    That looks amazing. May have to try making it!