Black locust flowers are one of my favorite types of flowers in the spring, they are bright, sweet, and edible! Recently I also heard you could use them to infuse water to make tea, I didn't have a recipe or anything so I just started experimenting. Below is my documentation of making my cold brew black locust tea, I hope you enjoy!
Step 1: Gathering Materials
In order to make the tea, you will first need black locust flowers. The flowers are small and white and grow on black locust trees, the trees have grey, convoluted bark, with deep grooves and ridges. Once you find a black locust tree you will need to gather just the flowers, you will need approximately 4 cups. You will also need:
- Distilled Water
- 1 cup Boiling water
- 1/4 cup sugar
Equipment you will need:
- 1/2 gallon mason jar
- Tea Strainer
- Measuring cups
Step 2: Rinsing and Soaking
Since the flowers are wild you want to make sure to do a good job of rinsing the flowers in a strainer, removing any dirt or bugs on the flowers. Once the flowers are rinsed add the flowers and about 7 cups of water to a mason jar.
Step 3: Making a Simple Syrup and Steeping
Next, you will need to bring one cup of water to a boil, once boiling turn off the water and add the 1/4 cup of sugar. Stir the water until the sugar is dissolved, then add it to the other 7 cups of water. Put a lid on the jar and set it to steep overnight.
Step 4: Enjoy
After steeping for one night your tea is ready to drink. Use a tea strainer to filter out the flowers they are edible, however, I personally don't like them left in the tea. I hope you give this a try and enjoy it!