It is a true sign that August is here when you see the bunches of meadowsweet swathe their way through a field or bankside.
This ‘candyfloss-like’ forager’s find has fun written all over it and the flavours are great, especially in syrups for drizzling on ice cream!
Another great use for meadowsweet is to make a delicious pannacotta. There’s nothing better than a pannacotta with a satisfying wobble – it would make any pudding lover reach for their spoon!!
Why not add some blackberries to garnish the top of the pannacotta? If you roll them around in a little caster sugar before you place them on top of the pudding they will be sugary sweet and a lovely fruity accompaniment. Blackberries are so early this year it is scary to think what is happening to our planet.
Below is a photo of another of my favourite meadowsweet puddings; a lovely bowl of ice cream topped with meadowsweet syrup and some sensational fresh berries! Click here to follow my meadowsweet syrup recipe. It is great to see this ingredient making a revival on the menus in the North of England (being a Harrogate based blog!!).
We love it up here in Yorkshire. It’s a really unusual flavour, almost earthy hay-like, sweet herby bundles of joy – personally I do not think I am giving the flavour enough justice!!
So next time you’re out on a walk and spot some of our flossy friend take it home and give my recipes a try….