Meadowsweet

Filipendula ulmaria

The marzipan-flavoured meadowsweet is a versatile culinary and medicinal plant. The young shoots of meadowsweet are true spring heralds full of vitamins and suit best combined into a fresh salad. As the summer evolves, the plant gathers strength and the leaves get bigger, while aromatic lace-like blooms mature. Foods and drinks flavored with meadowsweet flowers acquire a subtle, yet distinguishable almond flavor. For example, meadowsweet flowers are used to make and flavor syrups, wines, vinegars, meads and other drinks as well as jams and dairy desserts. The leaves of meadowsweet are also efficient flavouring agents. The fermented leaves are especially suitable for tea making.