Looking for a new version of an old favorite? Try your hand at foraging some wild pink clover to make this amazing Wild Foraged Pink Clover Lemonade today.
If you spend time outdoors, then you know that clover is abundant from late spring until the first freeze of winter. Clover is not just a wonderful source of food for honeybees but has wonderful culinary and medicinal uses for humans too. Full of nutrients and healing properties, clover is a great addition to your diet. I see this growing wild every day on my commute to work. There is a lovely patch of it growing in the ditch down the road. I will be making a trek down with my handy basket to gather some as soon as the rain stops.
Contrary to the name, pink clover is actually purple in color; as is the red variety. The lighter shade of purple is classified as pink. The darker, almost eggplant-colored purple, is called red. Both are edible, but I’ve found that the pink variety has a lighter, sweeter taste to it for consumption.
The clover tea needs to be made a day ahead of time in order to properly steep and benefit fully from the blossoms.
To Clean Clover
Simply pinch off the flowering tops. Try to remove as much of the greenery as possible. Submerge them in cold water to remove any dirt or bugs that may be hiding within the flowers. Drain, rinse again and then spread out on a clean cloth to dry.
It’s preferable to use glass or stainless steel containers and utensils to make this drink. The chemicals from plastic and aluminum may leach into your finished drink, altering the taste and health benefits.
Take advantage of not just the pretty color of pink clover, but add it to a cool summer drink to reap some of the health benefits also.
Health Benefits of Clover Explained
Believe it or not, clover is high in protein. Clover (primarily pink and red) is considered to be an excellent source of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, chromium, phosphorus, potassium, niacin, and thiamine.
They are also a good source of water-soluble chemicals which serve as estrogen. Because of this, clover is a great help in relieving symptoms of menopause. So not only are you cooling off with a refreshing drink, but you are helping your menopausal friends with their hot flashes. That’s a good friend! The many minerals in clover may help regulate hormones, further helping the body’s chemical balance.
Clover can be used as a diuretic and thus reduces inflammation. It can possibly promote muscle relaxation. Cramps and aches may be alleviated by consuming clover. White clover may also be effective in reducing inflammation in those with arthritis. It also decongests the salivary glands and reduces ocular inflammations.
Clover can be beneficial in treating skin disorders like psoriasis and eczema.
May Help Cancer Patients
The holistic community has been experimenting with clover as a cancer-fighting agent. Uses in alternative medicine include the management of certain cancers such as breast and ovarian cancer and other chronic degenerative diseases.
Red clover is rich in coumarins that are chemical compounds with anticoagulant properties. Hence, this herb offers protection against heart disease. It thins the blood and does not allow plaque to build upon the walls of the arteries.
Side Effects and Warnings
Some general side effects caused due to excess consumption of clover include headaches, nausea, and fatigue. It’s high concentration of estrogen, so it can also upset hormonal balance in women. Medicinal use of these herbs should be administered under the supervision of a medical practitioner.
Wild Foraged Pink Clover Lemonade
Wild Foraged Pink Clover Lemonade
- 6 cups filtered water do not use treated city tap water
- 2 tbsp fresh pink clover blossoms
- 3 cups lemon juice
- 2 1/2 cups sugar
- 6 cups filtered water chilled
To Make the Tea:
In a large stockpot, bring water to just boiling.
Place clover blossoms in a heat-safe bowl.
Pour hot water over them.
Cover and steep until liquid is room temperature, or overnight.
Strain blossoms from liquid and chill for 4 hours (or longer).
To Make Lemonade:
Whisk together lemon juice and sugar in a large glass pitcher.
Add cold water and continue to whisk until sugar is completely dissolved.
Add chilled tea to lemonade and mix well.
If desired, add more sugar to taste.
Note: Raw honey may be substituted for the sugar in this beverage at the same amount as above.
I absolutely love using foraged ingredients and edible flowers in my cooking. A lot of people don’t even know that you are able to eat some of these things. Learning more about foraging and edible flowers is a passion of mine. Stick around if you want to learn more about it with me!