The magenta blossoms caught my fancy. I wonder if you can eat red-bud blossoms, I wondered. I quickly googled the answer and yes, in fact, you can eat red-bud blossoms. That's how I ended up the following morning eating flowers in my ice cream for breakfast. I mean, there are definitely worse ways to welcome spring, right? After blending the soft-serve, I popped it back in the freezer for a little while. I was so happy with the tangy, fresh bite of the red-bud flowers. Reminded me of the wood sorrel blossoms we used to eat as kids. Of course if red-bud doesn't grow in your area, you can definitely use a different edible flower in its place or leave it out altogether. Still, isn't this a beautiful combination? I did kind of go around all morning hoping my google research was accurate and that I wouldn't keel over from poisoning and yes, I did hide the remainder of the ice cream so no family members would get poisoned if it was poisonous. I'm still here, though, guys. So red-bud is edible. And really fantastic in ice cream. You're welcome. The best part of this ice cream besides the beautiful aesthetic would have to be the fact that it is naturally sugar free (apart from the fruit sugars), dairy-free, and gluten free. I'm told that the red-bud blossoms add a powerful punch of vitamin C as well, so there you go. I totally would eat this for breakfast daily if I could. I can't wait to try new varieties of soft-serve beyond my classic chocolate-banana. Mango Red-Bud ice cream is my new secret weapon. I feel like I belong in My Side of The Mountain. Yay for foraging and not dying.
Mango Red Bud Soft-Serve Ice Cream
12 ounces frozen mango chunks
1/2 cup coconut milk with cream
1/2 cup red-bud blossoms
- Blend mango, banana, and coconut milk in a blender until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a medium-sized bowl and stir in red-bud blossoms by hand.
- Return to the freezer for half an hour or until you feel the ice cream is firm enough to scoop. Enjoy!
As always, before foraging for anything wild and presumably edible, be very very certain of your identification skills, okay? We don't need anybody dying of hemlock poisoning on my account, please.