Acacia flowers—a potent cough mixture

(6th of February, 2012)

Acacia flower

The acacia, which has delicious, white flowers, is found in around 20% of Hungary’s forests. It originated in North America and was brought to Europe in the 16th century, where it spread rapidly.

Acacia is a valuable medicinal plant. The tea, made from its flowers is good for soothing coughs; it has anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic effects and is also a mild laxative. It can be used to induce sweating and also to inhibit gastric acid formation, making it useful in the treatment of gastric and intestinal ulcers. In homeopathy acacia is used for gastric hypertrophy. Acacia can also be used as a flavoring in baking or in tea, and is used in cosmetics to smooth wrinkles and improve skin tone. Finally, a few acacia flowers can be added to a bath for relaxation.


Not only sweet….

Acacia honey contains light pollen that is barely crystallized (because of its high fruit content) and has a strong fragrance. Its colour varies between regions, from almost colorless to pale yellow. Because of its special qualities, the acacia honey produced in Hungary is rated as a Hungaricum. Acacia honey can be used to treat digestive complaints, caused by gastric hypertrophy.


When and how to collect?

Acacia flowers should be collected when young, at the start of flowering, in May-June. Once picked, the green pedicles should be removed and the petals dried immediately.

 

How to use?

Acacia flower tea should be used to alleviate, stop or prevent complaints caused by gastric hypertrophy and digestive problems. Infuse 2 teaspoons of dried acacia flowers with 200 ml of hot water and distill after 5 minutes.

 

Because of its pleasant aroma, acacia is used for making syrup and in the perfume industry. The flowers can also be fermented to create a liquor, while deep fried in batter they make a special dessert.

 

Acacia pancake

Ingredients (serves 4):

- 16 bunches of acacia flowers

- 2 eggs

- 2 teaspoons sugar

- 200 g white flour

- 250 ml milk

- oil for frying and sugar for serving

 

Preparation

- Place the eggs in a bowl, add the sugar and mix. Gradually add the flour and milk while stirring. Dip the bunches of acacia flowers into the mixture and fry on both sides in the oil. Drip dry the flowers and serve with powdered sugar.

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