Braised Magnolia Flower Buds



  1. Whisk the miso in with the hot water until it has thoroughly dissolved.
  2. Heat the olive oil, add the magnolia buds and very gently, fry for 1 minute. They will start to open and bubble.
  3. Add enough of the miso stock to be half-way up the buds. Simmer very gently for 2 minutes.
  4. Using some cooking tongs, delicately take the magnolia buds out and place on kitchen paper to drain.
  5. Put the braised magnolia flower buds on a raw magnolia flower petal.
  6. Simmer the miso stock until it has reduced and become relatively thick. Pour over the braised magnolia flower buds. Serve.
Serves: 2 as a starter


  1. Would so love to try again. Several of my neighbours have magnolias which I can use (the nearest ones can’t actually stand the clearing of the fallen blooms) so there is an abundance for me. Only thing is none of them know which type their trees are. The vinegar came out slimey and tasteless. I did taste the raw petals which were nothing to rave about. Not giving up though. Love foraging and wish Robin did so nearer to me.

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