Can you eat lilacs?

Can you eat lilacs? I asked myself this question last year as flowers were blooming all over my yard. Working in my flower garden, I wondered how many of the plants around me were edible. A few I knew were definitely not edible such as irises and deadly nightshades, and I identified a few definite edibles like dandelions and violets. But I just wasn’t sure about the lilacs. So I did a little research, and it turns out that you can eat their flowers.

Unfortunately by the time I figured it out, the blooms were starting to wilt and turn a little brown. Not the best for eating. So all year and all winter I have been looking forward to late spring/early summer when the lilacs start to bloom again. All the shades of purple, pink and white should make for some interesting dishes. I’m determined to take advantage of the season which only lasts about two weeks around us.

How many ways can you think of to eat the lilac? I am going to have some lilac scones, and make some lilac syrup. Maybe I will add a few flowers to my salad with dinner. Share your recipes and ideas with us in the comments below.

Lilac Lemon Scones

In the meantime, here’s a recipe for gluten free lilac lemon scones that I made:



Gluten free scones are a little tricky. They turned out more like muffin tops, but they tasted great.


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