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A gingery hit from magnolia petals is a wonderful item to use and preserve. Here is a very quick pickle to use at home.

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Using Willy's Apple Cider Vinegar and some spices you can make an wonderful accompaniment similar to pickled ginger

The presence of magnolias (Magnoliaceae family) is recorded to be at least 20 million years old and fossilised plants belonging to this family have been identified to 95+ million years old being pollinated by beetle type insects (no bees, moths, or butterflies). Climbing into what foragers often call the magnolia “pineapple” which is parts of the flower that produces ovules and develop into the fruit and seeds.

You’ll find these petals put in force right now mainly in gardens and parks. It is an ornamental plant not native to the UK a lot of respect must be taken with this wonderful pre-historic wonderful plant that is in flower right now. As always ask permission if you are picking… they are beautiful to look at as well so be respectful.

Many people will use the petals in tea’s, additions to salad, raw on dishes and also pickled. The fantastic ginger-like flavour is really wonderful.

In this video I have pickled using @willysacv to create a pickled magnolia petal reminiscent of pickled ginger at the Japanese.


350ml Apple Cider Vinegar

150ml Water

3 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp salt

3 clove

1 clove of garlic

1 600ml jar full of washed and drained magnolia petals


Place the vinegar, water, sugar, salt, cloves & garlic into a pot and bring to the boil. Allow to cool before adding the washed petals which will keep in this solution at room temperature. After 24 hours it will be ready to be used.


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