This refreshing honeysuckle limeade delights the senses with a slightly sweet, mostly tangy taste of summer.
When I saw the flower power theme of this month’s recipe redux, I did a double take. My first thought was to use a life line and skip this month. I mean… where the heck am I going to get edible flowers? I’ve never thought about including flowers in cooking. Then I remembered that it is a challenge. So I got to it. I looked online for sources, inquired at my local Whole Foods and checked with the farmers at a couple neighborhood markets. What I really wanted was honeysuckle flowers but I had not seen the fragrant blossoms around my neighborhood since early spring.
Growing up in the rural south, honeysuckle was the fragrance of long summer walks and bike rides. It grew all over the place. Though I loved the fragrance, I never actually tasted honeysuckle as a kid. After some extensive research, I learned that some honeysuckle is safe to eat. And it tastes just like it smells – a sweet, honey nectar flavor.
On a morning jog last week I was turned around by the intoxicating aroma of honeysuckle. Though I had to contend with a voracious bumble bee (shown above), I was excited to find it. I pulled a few pieces and later that day this Honeysuckle Limeade recipe was born. Consider it a taste of summer in a glass…
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