Please remember that Forage Friday is presented as trivia and not to be mistaken for medical advice.
As the Spring sun breathes life into the landscape an ancient symbol of the changing season is found on the shore of the lake bed. The only Apples native to North America is the crab apple. The first European Apple orchard in the United States was planted by Reverend William Blaxton in Boston in 1625. And not to far from my home the Golden Delicious Apple was developed in Clay County West Virginia in 1914. According to Italian scientists who study plant genetics our Golden Delicious Apple gas the largest number of genomes they have studied so far. As the trees have been prolifically spread by humans and animals some form of apples can often be found along old pastures and homesteads or as the case with the one in our Feature Image, they are planted as edible landscaping. And while we typically think of apples as a Fall food source the blossom is also a food source that’s available in spring.
During the Victorian Age including flowers in the meal as more than a table setting or garnish for the plate was pretty common and is still pretty common in some countries today.
Now there’s a word of caution, according to the internet Apple Blossoms may carry the precursors of cyanide and apple seeds are considered to be poison. However, I’m one of those weird people who routinely consumes an entire apple seeds and all. To date I have not died or suffered any ill effects from the seeds. But I also don’t consume a large quantity of seeds. Just a few that are in the apple. So with that in mind I’ll suggest that it’s probably not a great idea to sit down and eat Apple Blossoms is if they were a bag of chips. Or as Green Dean put it, “A Few is tasty. Too many is a tumy ache. And a lot is a trip to the hospital. ”
Generally speaking apple blossoms are rich in antioxidants. When included in a tea blend apple blossoms are said to promote good digestion and clear the complexion as well as help with easing stress. The flavor goes well with roses, elderflower and jasmine. And of course they can also be used to make a tincture.
Spring is also a great time to harvest a few apple leaves while they’re still young and tender. They also can be dried or cured to produce a tea. The leaves are astringent and antimicrobial.
One online blend recommends combining apple leaves with bramble leaves, strawberry leaves and a half of a cinnamon stick.
That’s it for tonight friends, good night and be blessed throughout your days!
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