Black Locust Flower Cold Brew Tea




About: I am a student in 9th grade, I enjoy cooking, programming, 3-D design, photography, and nature!

Black locust flowers are one of my favorite types of flowers in the spring, they are bright, sweet, and edible! Recently I also heard you could use them to infuse water to make tea, I didn't have a recipe or anything so I just started experimenting. Below is my documentation of making my cold brew black locust tea, I hope you enjoy!

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Step 1: Gathering Materials

In order to make the tea, you will first need black locust flowers. The flowers are small and white and grow on black locust trees, the trees have grey, convoluted bark, with deep grooves and ridges. Once you find a black locust tree you will need to gather just the flowers, you will need approximately 4 cups. You will also need:

  • Distilled Water
  • 1 cup Boiling water
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Equipment you will need:

  • 1/2 gallon mason jar
  • Strainer
  • Tea Strainer
  • Measuring cups

Step 2: Rinsing and Soaking

Since the flowers are wild you want to make sure to do a good job of rinsing the flowers in a strainer, removing any dirt or bugs on the flowers. Once the flowers are rinsed add the flowers and about 7 cups of water to a mason jar.

Step 3: Making a Simple Syrup and Steeping

Next, you will need to bring one cup of water to a boil, once boiling turn off the water and add the 1/4 cup of sugar. Stir the water until the sugar is dissolved, then add it to the other 7 cups of water. Put a lid on the jar and set it to steep overnight.

Step 4: Enjoy

After steeping for one night your tea is ready to drink. Use a tea strainer to filter out the flowers they are edible, however, I personally don't like them left in the tea. I hope you give this a try and enjoy it!

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    7 Discussions


    Reply 1 year ago

    It is definitely an acquired taste, and different people will have different opinions. I like it but I wouldn't drink tons of it, only a little here and there.


    1 year ago

    I don't think these grow where I live, but I like this project.


    1 year ago

    I love the fragrance of acacia flowers, didn't know you could brew a tea from them! I often use them in fritters and other desserts, so I'll have to try this one. Nice pictures too btw :)

    3 replies

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you! However, the blossoms I used were from a black locust or Robinia pseudoacacia meaning false acacia, although both flower blossoms are edible acacia and locust are different trees.


    Reply 1 year ago

    That's my misunderstanding then, I've always just referred to black locust as 'acacia' , I've actually never handled edible acacia, I don't think...

    Thanks for the lesson :)