A Harvest of Red Clover Flowers

by Cynthia mybloggingplanet.com

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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Anna Maria June 26, 2011 at 1:10 am

When I was in the States I often read about growing Red Clover as living mulch, but did not know it was also edible, and for some reason I never looked it up or I would have known it was also beautiful!
It’s funny, but every time I read your gardening posts it seems like you are doing something I wish I were doing, and yet I am doing some fun stuff too. Never satisfied!


Cynthia June 26, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I agree never satisfied because when I read your posts I am very envious of your beautiful home that is so different from my own!

The clover is rather pretty isn’t it? It is all in how you look at things.


Linda June 26, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Hi Cynthia,
Thank you for visiting my blog and about the suggestion of using the almond pulp as flour. Your rabbit is very sweet:)
Warm regards


Prairie Cat June 28, 2011 at 5:28 pm

The property we recently purchased has the stuff growing all over. I love to nibble on the ends of the individual petals, a nice little sweet treat.

Maybe I’ll harvest some to make tea with later on when it is not so hot out.


Victoria June 29, 2011 at 8:11 am

They’re very pretty. Glad you rescued them from your hubbie!


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