A Harvest of Red Clover Flowers

by Cynthia

Red clover is bursting into full bloom around my home right now. I have a neglected side area of our yard that it just thrives in. It drives my husband crazy this time of year because I will not let him touch it until I can get at least one harvest of red clover blossoms. Seeing what he views as “weeds” growing amuck pushes his wish for a nicely mowed yard to the limits.

I like to harvest red clover flowers for two reasons. The first is I dry the flowers for future use in my medicinal tea blends. The second reason is simply to feed to our rabbit, Verbena. Red clover is one of her absolute favorite treats to nibble on and the blossoms make her so happy! So what I don’t end up drying for later use goes to her.

Red clover flowers are really easy to dry when I follow my favorite method for drying herbs. I simply place them on a baking sheet and allow to air dry in my oven with just the oven light turned on. They do not take long at all to dry. While they are fresh you can also sprinkle them on salads. My kids like to nibble on them just like our bunny!

For more information on red clover flowers check out this previous newsletter from Susun Weed.

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