Time in general passes quickly but when time is measured by spring blossoms and drops of rain, it becomes clear how fleeting moments of time are to be cherished. The lilac bush I fretted over in winter, bloomed for what seemed like hours, not days. I rushed to harvest blooms to turn into extract. (Visit my Recipes page for how to make lilac extract.) I enlisted the help of our youngest daughter, Mia, to help me pluck the fresh blooms from the stems. The process of harvesting is tedious but well worth the effort.
If you decide to make extract from edible, pesticide-free blooms in your area, pick them just as they open and leave behind the green bit that can cause the extract to taste bitter. Using a pair of small, sharp scissors to carefully cut away the blooms might help to make the removal process easier but Mia and I found either method required care and patience. Yes, as the blooms age they become easier to remove but it is not worth sacrificing flavor for time. Fresh blooms will yield the best extract and harvesting them will be a great opportunity to spend time with someone you love.
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