Monday, August 06, 2007

Queen DOT

I was driving through the countryside Friday and saw many flowers that have, for whatever reason, remind be of the coming of fall. It appears from some of the flowers and trees we might have an early autumn. At any hoot, here is a flower I have always enjoyed. Did you know? Queen Anne's Lace is a member of the Parsley family~~~ There are several anecdotes as to why the Carrot Flower is named the Queen Anne’s Lace. The central flower of the carrot's umbel is reddish-purple. A fascinating site with loads of information and this recipe. Queen Anne's Lace Jelly 18 large Queen Anne's lace heads 4 Cups water 1/4 Cup lemon juice (fresh or bottled) 1 Package powdered pectin 3 1/2 Cups + 2 Tbsp. sugar Bring water to boil. Remove from heat. Add flower heads (push them down into the water). Cover and steep 30 mins. Strain. Measure 3 Cups liquid into 4-6 quart pan. Add lemon juice and pectin. Bring to a rolling boil stirring constantly. Add sugar and stir constantly. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a rolling boil. Boil one minute longer, then remove from heat. Add color (pink) if desired. Skim. Pour into jars leaving 1/4" head space. Process in hot water bath for 5 mins. Makes about 6 jars.


Alyssa said...

It's funny, yesterday I said the same thing about how Queen Anne's Lace does seem like Fall. I'm thrilled that you have a jelly receipe for that beautiful flower. Husband says it sounds great and I agree. I'm going to make it next weekend.

DeeMom said...

Alyssa how neat, do let me know how it turns out. Good luck to you and your Husband.

Did you also get the chance to check the sites?

Blogger was being weird and I was not able to use my usual hyper link thing.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

I have Queen Anne's Lace in my garden, I pull lots of seedling out in the spring but always leave a few, I enjoy them.

Ki said...

I've noticed that in each Queen Anne's Lace cap there's a dark spot smack dab in the center. I was peering closely at one and thought it was a spider but it may be a part of the flower since all of them seem to have it.

I see there is a spider on your photo but the dark spot seems to be a black little flower. Strange that there would be a dark star in a galaxy of white.

Cool that there's an actual recipe that uses the flower.