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Magnolia Syrup

How to use edible flower petals
Homemade Magnolia Syrup Recipe - How to Use Edible Flowers
Katherine Martinelli / The Daily Meal

I had a magnolia tree in my backyard for years before I learned that the petals of the beautiful magnolia flowers that bloom in early spring are edible. They have a delicate, lightly floral taste with a hint of ginger. When steeped in a mixture of sugar and water you end up with a delightful flavored simple syrup that tastes like you've bottled springtime. Use it to drizzle on pancakes or, my favorite, to jazz up seltzer or make memorable cocktails.

Ready in
30 m
5 m
(prepare time)


  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1 Cup water
  • 1 heaping cup (35 grams) magnolia petals


Step 1: In a medium saucepan or pot, combine the 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and heat, stirring occassionally, until the sugar dissolves.

Step 2: Stir in the 1 heaping cup magnolia leaves. Lower the heat slightly so that the liquid is at a low simmer; simmer for 20 minutes.

Step 3: Remove from the heat. Allow to cool slightly, then carefully pour the syrup through a fine mesh sieve and into a sterilized bottle or jar. 

Step 4: Allow to cool completely, then store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.