Eat Your Clover!

Both red clover and white clover are edible.  Clovers are high in protein, contain trace minerals, beta carotene, plus vitamins B and C.  The leaves have a grassy taste, and the flowers are sweet if picked on a sunny day. 

The flowers can be made into herb teas.  They are lovely added fresh to a salad, especially potato salad.  You can freeze the blossoms in ice cubes to jazz up drinks and cocktails.  The flowers of red clover make a lovely wine.  Clover flowers (red or white) can be dusted with flour and pan fried in oil to make a crispy snack.

The leaves can be added raw to salads or cooked in soups, stews and sauces. 

The seeds can be soaked and sprouted.  A flour can be made from the dried, ground up flowers and seed pods.  Sprinkle this on cooked food. 

Clover Tea

4 to 6 clover flowers

250 ml/ 1 cup boiling water

Pour the boiling water onto the flowers.  Infuse 10 to 15 minutes and strain.  Drink hot, with a little honey if liked or try cooling, adding mint sprigs and ice cubes for an iced clover tea. 

Red Clover Wine

2 litres/ 2 quarts red clover flowers

4.5 litres/1 gallon water

3 lemons

2 oranges

900 gm/2 lb.  sugar

Yeast

Put the flowers in a brewing bin and pour over the boiling water.  Add the juice of the oranges and lemons.   Cool to lukewarm (20 degrees centigrade/ 68 degrees Farenheit) and add the started yeast.  Ferment for 5 days, strain into demijohn and fit an airlock.

Clover Flour

Pick as many white clover flowers as you would like.  Dry them thoroughly, preferably in a dehydrator.  Grind them up in a coffee grinder or pestle and mortar.  You will be left with a gluten free flour that tastes like peas.

© Anna Franklin 2022, from the forthcoming Hearth Witch’s Garden Herbal, Llewellyn, 2023

Author: annafranklinblog

Anna Franklin is the High Priestess of the Hearth of Arianrhod, which runs teaching circles, a working coven, and the annual Mercian Gathering, a Pagan camp which raises money for charity. She regularly speaks at conferences, moots and workshops around the country. She is the author of many books on witchcraft and Paganism, including the popular Pagan Ways Tarot, Sacred Circle Tarot, The Fairy Ring, Herb Craft, Magical Incenses and Oils, Personal Power, A Romantic Guide to Handfasting, Familiars, The Oracle of the Goddess, Hearth Witch, The Path of the Shaman and The Hearth Witch’s Compendium. Anna’s books have been translated into nine languages.

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