There's a vacant lot near our house that the girls and I like to visit. Yesterday, on our way there, Lizzy ran ahead and yelled back, Mommy! The clovers bloomed!
Maren helped(ish) gather up a big bag of blossoms (Lizzy was busy picking other flowers). We went home and stuck them in the dehydrator right away. I ended up with a semi-packed 2-quart jar!
Red clover blossoms are a sweet, pretty, pleasantly floral addition to any tea, although pregnant and nursing mamas are advised to steer clear (sad face). Uses: PMS relief, hormone control in menopausal women, heat flash relief, delay of bone loss, and cholesterol reduction. Externally applied, red clover promotes wound healing. More info on red clover here.
There's also a yummy-looking recipe for red clover lemonade that's been floating around on Pinterest. I'm dying to try it, but it will have to wait until next summer, thanks to the little man.
The blossoms are out in force in our area; if you go foraging, remember to harvest only unsprayed plants -- and don't take it all! Try to leave at least 70% of the plant there.