Gorse Flower Syrup

05/05/2015

Becky and I yesterday walked for what seemed a long distance but was really only a few miles taking in the views of the Shropshire countryside from the rock hills of Stiperstones ridge, we watched the clouds change with the weather whilst being treated to a natural landscape which reminded me of how beautiful British countryside can be.

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On the decline we picked a carrier bag full of Gorse flowers, it was a warm day so the smell of Gorse was in the breeze which gave off the scent of coconut and Summer holidays. Gorse can be found all over the British countryside, it flowers throughout the year but it’s best to pick new blossom in April or May. It’s also a very spiny bush, we didn’t have gloves but I would recommend using some when picking.

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Today I used the flowers to make a syrup for a cordial or to be drizzled over vanilla ice cream. Below is a simple recipe which has a few different recipes amalgamated off the Internet.

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Gorse Flower Syrup

  • 4 handfuls of gorse flowers or half a carrier bag full
  • 250g of caster sugar
  • 1 lemon juiced and the zest of 1 orange.
  • 500ml of water

Boil on a rolling boil the sugar and water for 10 minutes to create a syrup, after the 10 minutes in a large bowl pour the sugar syrup over the gorse flowers add the orange zest and lemon juice. Steep the flowers overnight or throughout the day. Once the petals have been steeped, place the flowers over another bowl and squash all the flowers through a fine sieve, add as much pressure as possible – there will be around 500ml of syrup with the recipe measurements. Pour into a sterilised bottle and store in a cool dark place.

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9 thoughts on “Gorse Flower Syrup

  1. Tom Pullen

    This sounds interesting. Lately I’ve been thinking about doing things like this with dandelions. I’ve never heard of gorse. I don’t even know if we have that here in the U.S.

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  2. birminghamtomb Post author

    I’m not sure Tom. You can make a lot from dandelions and the plants young leaves are nice in salad – they do go bitter eventually. Plus the flowers are good in marmalades to add a bitter note too. Gorse grows usually on hillsides if that helps !

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  3. Sarah

    That is so exciting! I go walking on the moor (I’m in west Wales) every day and the smell of the gorse at the moment is delicious. My husband is a forager so we often have some gorse petals sprinkled on salads for its nutty flavour, but I had no idea you could make syrup from it. I’m definitely going to give it a go – thanks!

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  4. birminghamtomb Post author

    Glad you like the look if it. I was surprised to see Gorse also growing up the canal side in South Birmingham on new Land which had been planted by the council (must be to deter people trespassing ) – not just a country treat too !

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