Poppy Flower Sherbet Recipe
One of the recipes I was most eager to try was poppy flower sherbet. At last this year I had the chance to try it for the first time. It tasted better than I expected. Since the poppy flower is not the classic sweet floral scent we are used to, I was expecting it to have an astringent taste. But it has a smell and taste like some kind of red fruit juice which I never expected. If I drank it unknowingly, my guesses would be sour cherries, black mulberries or red plums.
The sour taste of lemon juice and citric acid certainly has an effect on this, but the only reason why the poppy flower is used is not the color it gives, of course, it also has a special aroma. But this aroma is not as intense as wisteria syrup.
Let's talk a little bit about the making of sherbet. Only the petals of the poppy flower are used for the sherbet. At the same time, black parts under the petals are also removed. I guess it is because they can darken the color of the sherbet. Then the poppy petals are placed in a glass container and water, lemon juice and citric acid are added. It is covered and kept for 24 hours in a spot exposed to the sun. There are also those who keep this waiting period longer, but in 24 hours, the leaves give their color enough to turn almost white. I don't think it would be a big help to wait longer. But if you have time and curiosity, you can keep it for up to 3 days.
At the end of the waiting period, the sherbet is filtered and sugar is added. After the sugar dissolves, you can add extra water according to your taste and the consistency you desire. After cooling it in the refrigerator, you can serve it colder either solo or with the addition of ice cubes. If you make the ice cubes with the addition of tiny lemon slices to have a more elegant look.
Finally, I would like to remind you something. Although the poppy is an edible flower for humans, it is toxic to dogs. Therefore, if you have an inquisitive dog, I recommend that you be more careful about keeping both flowers and sherbet away from your dog.
Enjoy the recipe...
- 25 g of poppy flower petals,
- 1/2 cup sugar,
- 1/2 lemon juice,
- Citric acid with the tip of the teaspoon,
- 2.5 liters of water.
- Wash and strain the leaves and take them into a glass jar or jug with a lid,
- Add citric acid, lemon juice and 1 liter of water, close the lid and place it in a sunny place for 24 hours,
- The next day, strain and take it into another jug,
- Add sugar and mix,
- Add 1.5 liters more water and refrigerate,
- Serve cold.