Meadowsweet is a fragrant,sweet smelling herb, scenting the air with its delicious, sweet smell, in the month of July, in the whole of Norway,even high up in the mountains. I have always liked the way it grows so abundantly and tall with a cloud of cream colored ,tiny flowers ,waving in the wind. It is sweet, strong and wild looking at the same time. I like that!
If you taste the flowers,you will be surprised how much like almond it tastes...just like slightly bitter almonds.
It has been used to flavor beer,wine and other alcoholic beverages,throughout the ages. But I think as a sweet juice drink it is delicious,with the perfect combination of sweet and bitter.
As it also is a very much used herb,and very easy to use,I will write more on that in a own post.
Meadowsweet juice/Mjødurt saft;
50 flower heads of meadow sweet(mjødurt)
2 organic lemons,cut in slices
50 g citric acid(sitron syre)
2 l boiling water
Put the flowers in a big glasscontainer together with the lemon slices.
Boil the water with the sugar and citric acid, and pour over the flowers and lemons.
Let it rest some where cool for 2-5 days.
Strain and put on clean bottles.
Mix with water,mineral water or wite wine.
One step simpler version..also a simple sweetened juise of meadow sweet, to mix with water ,mineral water or wine;
25 flowerheads of meadow sweet
½ kg sugar
1 organic lemon or lime
1 liter water
Put the flowers ,sugar and lemon in a sauce-pan or a big glass container that can take boiling water,and pour over the boiling water. Leave to step for 3-5 days before you strain it and pour it on clean bottles.