There are two things I never have a problem spending money on: one is my health, and the other is convenience (yes, I’m one of those people). So, it was to my delight that I stumbled upon the Ryerson Farmers’ Market that occurs every Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm. As much as I like a good ol’ weekend wind-down at the St. Lawrence (or more recently Brick Works), most of the time getting my groceries on the go wins out to experience (see my organic grocery delivery blog post). And, with my taking a night class at 6pm every Tuesday and Thursday, this market is perfect for picking up groceries as well as a pre-studies snack.
What I loved even more was that the folks working the stalls were so friendly and helpful. One table, Svetec farms, in particular impressed me by giving me a recipe for red clover lemonade along with the red clover blossoms I purchased. I was first drawn to them because I saw them pull out their secret stash of zucchini flowers for another shopper, something I have been searching for for a while now (!). But they only had one bag, and while the customer receiving them offered to give them to me when he saw the delight in my eyes, I could never let him sacrifice such a precious commodity!
Anyhoo, I settled for some very pretty red clover blossoms, not really knowing what to do with them but enamoured with their purple beauty.
Sensing my dilemma, the woman behind the table told me to make a special lemonade with them. According to her, it was fantastic tasting and packed with excellent health benefits. Yes, red clover tea is known to aid inflammation and itching for the skin (eczema?), help increase circulation (an essential for anti-aging), and reduce bad cholesterol levels. She told me the recipe was also posted on the farm’s facebook – but in true Kristen style I didn’t really follow the recipe and made it as my impulses led me. Check out their facebook if you want their version….but the quantities were a bit too high for our two person household. I think it started with four litres of water – I don’t own a pitcher to hold that.
Here’s what I did instead:
I boiled two litres of filtered water in a pot. After taking it off the hot plate, I threw in the blossoms (she gave me a bag with around five cups of fresh blossoms in it). I let it sit for half an hour. I drained this concoction and put it in the fridge over night.
In the morning, I squeezed two large lemons into it and added one cup of maple syrup. She suggested adding honey to the warm concoction, but as per Ayurveda, heating honey is toxic. Plus I had this amazing maple syrup to use up that my client had given me made right from the sap of a tree in her back yard!
Mix et voila! It was delicious. It was like lemonade with more body. I was going to take a picture, but it wasn’t particularly pretty. It looks like an iced tea lemonade, because I guess that’s what it is. I highly recommend it as it really made me feel cool and my pitta calm for the next day or so that I drank it.