Gorse Flower Cordial

Gorse grows in bushy scrub, it is covered in sharp spikes and has beautiful, bright yellow flowers. To a farmer, it’s a bloody scurge, and that’s why most of it has been pulled up year after year on the farm here. To me, it’s pretty delicious. I went tramping through the little section of boggy woods today and found a lot still growing in the patches of sunshine that managed to pierce through the silver ferns. The flowers are sweet and smell faintly like buttery coconut. They’re lovely to chew on.

Watch out for spikes!

I went out for a walk today and filled a basket with the flowers, being careful not to squish them or take any that had wee spiders sleeping inside them. The bees were very interested in what I was doing with all their flowers. I was picking them to make a syrup out of them, to add to soda water or rum. Yum. I like making use of things most people think of as a pain in the ass. CB can attest to that. If you have Gorse growing near you, which you probably do, I definitely recommend giving this a try.  It is an almost flourescent yellow syrup with a light floral honey taste and a soft feel in your mouth, like coconut. Its extremely nice and keeps in the fridge for weeks. I’m going to pour mine over vanilla ice cream for dessert later.

Gorse Flower Cordial

Yield: 2 1/2 cups

1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
Zest of 1 orange
Juice of 1 lemon
3 cups of fresh gorse flowers

Bring water and sugar to a rolling boil. Turn off the heat, and add orange zest, lemon juice, and course flowers. Gently stir. Let steep over night or at least until cool enough to pour through a fine mesh strainer into a clean bottle.


Author: Kara Lalalala

I write this blog for my family cause I am terrible at letters & emails.

4 thoughts on “Gorse Flower Cordial”

  1. I once met someone in Ireland who hated gorse and likened it to a prickly wife or something like that. I never knew tea could be made from it – sounds really good too! I’ll have to go looking for some.

  2. Yeah, hatred seems to be the general feeling towards gorse. Understandably so, but, even the prickliest wife can be melted down with a little sugar and rum and become pretty wonderful. You should definitely try it, I was super pleased with it!

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