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Gorse Flower Cordial Recipe

From:  Wild food guide to the edible plants of Britain

It was a cold and frosty late afternoon on December 30th when Zillah and I decided to go chasing Gorse flowers. Vibrantly bright, Gorse certainly isn’t a timid plant. I love to graze on Gorse flowers when I walk. The sweet nectar that hides itself away at the bottom of the bud trickles onto my taste buds.

Today we gathered enough Gorse flowers to make a gorgeous Mid-Winter cordial you can have as a refreshing drink, or why not try it dribbled liberally over ice-cream.

A sweet, delicate cordial that becomes infused with the subtle coconut flavour of Gorse. It’s actually best to make this recipe in the Spring time when the flavour of the Gorse flowers is stronger. But we couldn’t resist this Mid-Winter treat, and although the flavour wasn’t as strong as in Spring time, it still makes a lovely drink.


  • 600ml/21fl oz cold water
  • 250g/1/2lb caster sugar
  • Zest: 1 orange
  • Juice: 1 lemon

Step 1

Gather 4 large handfuls of Gorse flowers.

Step 2

Measure out 250g/1/2lb of caster sugar.

Step 3

Measure out 600ml/21fl oz of cold water.

Step 4

Bring the water and sugar mixture to a rapid boil and keep boiling for 10 minutes. Remove pan from the heat.

Step 5

Juice 1 lemon

Step 6

Grate the zest of 1 orange.

Step 7

Measure 4 handfuls of Gorse flowers.

Step 8

Add the lemon juice, orange zest, and Gorse flowers to the sugar water (syrup). Stir in well and leave until cooled or overnight.

Step 9

Strain the liquid through muslin or a jelly bag into a clean container such as a glass jug.

Step 10

You should end up with roughly 500ml/18fl oz of liquid.

Step 11

Pour into a sterile bottle, cap and store. Refrigerate once you have given into temptation. Enjoy your Gorse flower cordial syrup.

Many thanks to Treena Gowthorpe for submitting this

Perserving Tawa & Taraire Berries

tawa berriesCollect berries and soak in a bucket of water until flesh washes off easily (about 2 weeks), then hose clean and boil for 30mins.  Dry in sun until as ‘hard as gravel’ and store in an airtight container.  When ready to use – boil again for 10-15mins and eat – they will be a little slimy.  The berries will keep for many years if dried correctly.