Did you know that lilacs are edible?
They are so crazy beautiful and they smell SO good…I absolutely swoon when my bushes begin to bloom. I get a big sad face on when all the flowers drop, so I decided to preserve some of them…in honey!
I recently collected honey from my bee hives and ended up squeezing lots of honey out of the frames. It was a big job, and a messy, messy one, let me tell you. But I ended up with lots of glorious, dark, raw, unfiltered honey that I’ve truly been savoring. I used that honey to make this recipe.
Making lilac honey is very simple. To make it, just remove lots of (clean and dry) flowers from the lilac stems and pack them into a glass jar (I used one of my teeny Weck ones). You’ll be surprised how many you can fit in the jar if you REALLY pack them in (ie don’t just fill the jar…stuff the jar!).
Once your jar is very full, pour honey over the blossoms. Start by pouring just a little, let it settle in amongst the blossoms, then add some more. Repeat until you can’t fit any more honey in the jar. When you check on your honey a day or so later, you will see that the blossoms have all floated toward the top of the jar. Give it a good stir to distribute the blossoms throughout before use. You can use the honey at any point- it does not need to steep, though it’s fine if it does.
Lilacs have a flavor faintly reminiscent of citrus, and they may be a little bitter: I think the honey tempers this bitterness nicely. Lilac honey can be enjoyed on toast, biscuits, muffins, scones, etc. You can also just eat it off a spoon (local, raw honey can be helpful for spring allergies). If you don’t want to make lilac honey, other ways to use lilacs including tossing them into salads or drinks, incorporating them into recipes, or candying them (similar to candied violets).
- 2 cups fresh lilac flowers
- 1 cup raw honey to fill your glass jar of choice
- Remove lots of (clean and dry) flowers (about 2 cups) from some lilac stems and pack them into a glass jar.
- Once your jar is very full, pour honey over the blossoms. Start by pouring just a little, let it settle in amongst the blossoms, then add some more. Repeat until you can’t fit any more honey in the jar.
- Give it a day or so and then give it a stir. Ready to serve.