The acacia has beautiful and highly perfumed flowers. Rubber Slippers in Italy makes fritelle with them and we have a good friend in Lombardia (Lombardy) who produces the most delicate organic acacia honey.
- 200 g acacia flowers
- 500 g granulated sugar
- 1 litre pure alcohol
- 2 tbsp acacia honey
- 1 litre water
Clean the flowers with a dry cloth, or soft brush. Put alternate layers of the flowers and sugar in a large glass bowl. Cover and leave to infuse for 48 hours. Then add the alcohol and honey. Leave the infusion until you can see that the sugar has totally dissolved. (Approximately one month.) Add the water and stir gently. Strain the liquid well and bottle.
Despite their beauty, their perfume, the fritters, the honey and the liqueur, the acacia flowers pose a problem for us as we can’t open the swimming pool for guests until the flowers have dropped. This is because they sink straight to the bottom and turn into some strange gluey, porridge which clogs the filters.
In order not to disappoint, we tell people who are interested in visiting Casalba that we can’t open the pool until the acacia flowers have dropped. Luckily, this confetti effect usually happens towards the end of May, which is just about the right time for most guests who wish to take a dip.