Trifolium repens, commonly known as white clover, ladino clover, Dutch white clover or lodi clover, is perennial herb native to Central Asia and Europe but has been introduced as a yard crop around the world. It is common in North America and New Zealand and thrives in moist and cool climates.
The herb features circular or oval-shaped leaves and shoots out white, scented flowers with a pink hue. It has elongated, erect stems that are hairless with a light green hue.
White clover flowers and leaves are commonly used for food and medicinal purposes. They are good for detoxification, repairing body tissue and great for sores. Here are white clover flowers recipes you should try out:
White clover iced infusion/tea
White clover flowers are packed with vitamins and minerals. They make refreshing infusions commonly known as teas that are highly nutritious. To make an ideal infusion, you need the following:
4 cups of water
1 cup of fresh white clover flowers or a ½ cup of dried flowers.
Lemon wedge (optional)
Maple syrup or honey (optional)
Process: Bring the water to a boil and remove from heat. Put the flowers into a quart jar and pour the hot water over the blossoms.
Allow the mixture to steep for about 30 minutes or several hours depending on how potent you want your infusion to be. Strain out the clover flowers with a fine sieve and place in the refrigerator.
Serve cold with maple syrup/honey and a toss of lemon if desired.
White clover pudding
1 cup of water
1 cup of heavy cream
2 cups of white clover blossoms
1 teaspoon of organic unflavored gelatin
4 tablespoon of honey
Pinch of salt
½ cup of fresh orange juice
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Process: dissolve the gelatin in a ¼ cup of water.
Put white clover flowers, water, orange juice, salt, and honey into a medium-sized pan. Bring to a boil.
Remove from heat, stir in gelatin until its dissolved. Allow to stand for about 10 minutes.
Place the mixture into a refrigerator until it starts to jell.
Whip 1 cup of heavy cream until it is stiff, fold the cream into the jelled clover mixture.
Put the mixture into a serving bowl and refrigerate until set.
White clover bread
1 cup of white clover flowers
1 ½ cup milk (fat-free if desired)
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1 cup of white flour
¼ cup of unsweetened apple sauce
4 teaspoon honey
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cooking spray or oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Process: preheat the oven to 350 F.
Working in batches, put the flowers in the food processor for blending.
In a medium-sized bowl, mix flour, clover flowers, salt, and baking powder. Stir gently to mix thoroughly.
In a larger bowl, mix vanilla extract, apple sauce, honey, milk, and egg.
Mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients and stir as you go.
Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray or oil. Pour mixture into a loaf pan.
Place the mixture into the preheated oven and bake for about 30 minutes. Check if the bread is done by inserting a knife into the bread. If it comes out clean, it is done.
The white clover flowers recipes outlined above are just a tip of the iceberg aimed at firing your imagination. So, get down and let your culinary creativity run wild.