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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Electric Daisy Tincture

I was especially pleased with the quality and quantity of my electric daisies.  Considering the slow growth due to my gardening mistakes, the slapdash way they were re-potted and planted they have bounced back with one hell of a kick.  They now completely smother a 8 x 3 ft bed and sport an abundance of yellow button heads.  I sowed these on the recommendation of James Wong's book.  
I did make the awful mistake of when first trying them placing a whole one in my mouth and chomping down.  It was like being kicked in the mouth by a lemon flavored battery, I coughed, spluttered and could not stop the saliva oozing out of my mouth.  The right way to eat electric daisies is to gently scrape the flower a tiny teeny bit at a time with your teeth, or put it in something else.
Electric daisies when used correctly taste like citrus and give the same in the mouth feeling of putting your tongue on a small battery.  They are also very efficient at deadening a sore throat.  There are 2 ways to do this.  

 Crumble up a flower into tiny pieces and put it in hot water or squash, or  make a tincture.

How to Make an Electric Daisy Tincture

  1. Chop the electric daisies up very small with a knife
  2. Put the results on kitchen paper to dry
  3. Place in a few inches of hot water and leave to steep for a day or so, the longer you leave it but not for more than 3 days.
  4. Sieve into a small bottle or container, you can use the remains of the steep in tea if you wish.
  5. Add 2 Tbs of honey
  6. Add 1 Tbs of whiskey
  7. Stir
Keep in the fridge and take a tsp when needed.

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