The best time to cut lilac blossoms is early in the morning when they’re fully hydrated. Cut the stems with sharp pruning shears, then immediately plunge the cut stems into a bucket of water. Get a clean vase ready for the flowers. Add fresh water and a floral preservative. Remove all leaves that would be underwater in the vase. Recut the stems at a 45-degree angle and arrange the lilacs in the prepared container. Set the vase in indirect light and enjoy. Recut the stems and add more water, as needed, to prevent wilting. —From BHG.
Lilacs are positively captivating.
It’s a sure sign that summer is coming when the garden is abloom in their enchanting shades of purple, pink, and white.
And, o, the fragrance! Distinct and sweet, the scent of lilacs wafts through open windows, flooding me with girlhood memories of my grandmother and the lilacs that grew wild at the side of her house.
Cutting a lush bouquet for the dinner table is a given. But did you know lilac blossoms are edible?
Fragrant and slightly bitter, lilacs have a distinctly lemon flavor that varies from plant to plant. Their beautiful blossoms are perfect in and on desserts and crystallized with egg whites and sugar.
Cooking with Lilac Blossoms
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Photo of lilacs in Frankoma pottery: Matthew Mead.