I dislike spring allergies very much so, thank you. I have deep loathing for the half-measure of illness that they are. "Be sick or be nothing," I say to my sinuses. My sinuses do not answer me for they are quickly assaulted by an anthropomorphic pollen-person grabbing me and throwing me into a pile-driver. Spring allergies are the worst for me because it's the time of year I want so much to be active, but one cannot be active when it feels like a linebacker dressed in a head-to-toe flower suit comes out of the bushes and punches me in the face.
As a wise man once said: "Never half-ass anything, whole-ass one thing." What does this have to do with floral simple syrup? Quite a bit!
The thing with allergies is that it's a reaction to your environment, specifically an outside force. There are tons of allergy remedies on the shelves at your local pharmacy, but I personally avoid them because I don't like how loopy I get when I take them. I prefer the herbal route, but it must be a local herbal route since it won't help you at all if you take some acupressure tincture from the mountains of Yunan where it was sung to and cried over by monks if you live in the middle of Kansas.
In short: You need about a 100-mile radius of flora tolerance for it to help you with your seasonal allergies. Get a hyper-local one from your own backyard.
Gather all of your edible flowers that have a gentle aroma as well as flavor. There are so many flowers that are suitable for your seasonal growing so please don't limit yourself. In order to get the best hyper-local experience, I always use flowers that are growing in my own yard. I don't always use ones that I have grown intentionally. That is to say, I use the wildflowers that pop up, such as dandelions or sweet violas. They pop up in my garden, lawn, and flower beds, like happy little friends, and I don't mind using them because I know I don't treat my yard with weed killers.
I live in zone 6 of the Midwest in the United States. Please check around to see what kind of local edible flowers and such you have! If you can use wild ones it's all the better so long as you have express permission to forage there.
Here are the edible flowers I have personally seen in my yard, neighborhood, area, etc., that I have personally used to make this simple syrup. You can use this syrup for cocktails, cakes, or homemade fancy lattes, be they iced or hot! You can even add these to lemonades, sweet tea, or any other beverage you might like for summer if your allergies continue.
Midwestern Edible Flowers
- Sweet viola
- Grape hyacinth
- peach blossom
- actually any fruiting blossom from any fruit tree
- Lemon balm
- 1 clean jar, ideally a large one!
- The one I have is a 32 oz jar, so that's basically 4 cups
- A funnel
- A fine mesh strainer
- 7 oz granulated sugar
- 12 oz water
- As many flowers and herbs as can fill HALF the jar up without you packing it down