Mother Earth Gardener

Heavenly Magnolia Vinegar Recipe


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Native American tribes in the South, such as the Seminole and Tequesta, added magnolia leaves and flowers to their food, a practice adopted by European colonists. Flower infusions are particularly useful for marinades, sauces, and dressings.


  • Fresh-picked magnolia flowers and buds
  • White wine vinegar, champagne vinegar, or other light vinegar


  1. Pick magnolia flowers and buds just as they open, and then tightly pack a glass pint jar with them.
  2. Warm vinegar to just above room temperature.
  3. Add enough vinegar to the jar to cover flowers, and then seal with a plastic lid. Don’t use a metal lid because the vinegar will facilitate rust.
  4. Steep out of direct sunlight at room temperature for 2 to 4 weeks, shaking often.
  5. Strain flowers out and enjoy over salad, fish, vegetables, or fruit salad.

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Dawn Combs, M.A. ethnobotanist, is co-owner of the award-winning family herb farm Mockingbird Meadows and formulator of its Soda Pharm syrups. She’s the author of Sweet RemediesConceiving Healthy Babies, and Heal Local.

  • Published on Feb 10, 2020
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