Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Using Herbs - Red Clover Fritters

What is it about summer that makes me want to fry food? Maybe it's the whole "county fair" mentality with yummy corn dogs and funnel cakes. Or maybe it's the picnics with fried chicken. Whatever it is, this is my second post this month with something fried! And today, we're frying up some red clover to make...


Red Clover Fritters.
Bet'cha never heard of that, huh? Since a few people asked me for the recipe, I'm sharing it here.
But, red clover you say? Why would I want to eat that? Isn't it a weed?
Red Clover is a wonderful herb that almost everyone has growing either on their property or close by. You'll find it out in fields, down by beaches, up in the mountains, practically anywhere. It is a wonderful healing plant that has been used for treating conditions ranging from coughs to cancer. It is also a blood thinner.

Pick red clover at it's peak, when the blooms are vibrant, soft and fluffy. To harvest, simply place your finger tips around the base of the flower and pull upward, popping the top off. You can use the red clover fresh for eating, fry them into fritters, or dry them for making teas and infusions later. They are very fragrant when dried and smell wonderful!

~Red Clover Fritters~
1/3 c organic whole wheat flour
1/3 c organic cornmeal
1 tsp baking powder
1 organic egg
1/3 c organic whole milk
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 Tb raw honey
dash cinnamon
dash allspice
Oil for frying (preferably organic coconut or sunflower)

Mix dry ingredients together and add in egg and milk to make batter. Dip whole clover into batter and drop into hot frying oil. Fry until golden. Drain and serve!

9 comments:

Kim said...

Okay, I'm going to have to admit that when I saw your comment on FB, I was a little concerned...I had heard of red clover tea, but never fritters. These actually look pretty good!! Yum!

Quinn said...

Fantastic Heather! I was hoping you'd post this recipe! I think our read clover is just about done, but I'll have to remember this for next year :)

Eize en Annemieke said...

We have this flowere here in Holland too! We call it 'rode klaver'. Didn't now you can eat it. THANKS!
Annemieke

Holly said...

Wow who would of thought?! These are spring time weeds that grow on the side of the road that usually die from the heat or get mowed down. Not sure if they are our sorta thing, but interesting to say the least :))

Preciouspeas said...

As I was putting the chickens away tonight, I was walking around the yard realizing just how much red clover we have this year. This might be fun to try on the family, who really like fried foods. Now to come up with a catchy name for them. Thanks for the suggestion and great day today!

Amanda said...

lord have mercy!

this is the best thing I've heard of since plantain salve!

I'm bookmarking this for next spring for sure!!!

Kimberly said...

:) I was eying the clover this morning on my walk wondering what I could use it for. Too bad the county sprays the roadsides so much. I'll have to check our back pasture. Thanks for sharing.

Kimberly said...

:) I was eying the clover this morning on my walk wondering what I could use it for. Too bad the county sprays the roadsides so much. I'll have to check our back pasture. Thanks for sharing.

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