Raw Ice Cream to Go Wild For

Raw Wildflower Ice Cream

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Raw Wild Flower Ice Cream, complete

It is virtually impossible to forage for wild food in Central Park (see: An Edible Adventure Through Central Park) and not come out inspired. The edible flowers were definitely my favorite part not only because they are such beauties, but I found the complexity of flavors and texture superb. Just be sure to wash them well, they did come from Central Park after all.

Raw Wild Flowers

Edible Wild Flowers: Common Blue Violet and Wisteria

The recipe begins by making cashew creme (instructions below) and freezing the creme into ice cubes. This is my base for raw ice cream, from that point you can literally add any flavors you like.

Raw Wild Flower Ice Cream, creation

Cashew creme ice cubes

This was the perfect cool and creamy treat after a long day in Central Park. As soon as I shot a few photos I demolished this bowl of goodness.

Raw Wild Flower Ice Cream, devoured

Scraping the bowl clean

Raw Wild Flower Ice Cream

  • Ready Time: 3 hrs
  • Prep Time: 180 min
Servings: 4 servings
Level: Intermediate

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of cashews
    Soaked in water for 2-3 hours
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of organic frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup of wild flowers
    I used Common Blue Violet and Wisteria
  • 1/4 cup of raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons of raw coconut butter

Tools

  • vitamix blender
    If you don't have a vita mix you can try using a regular blender and ice cream maker
  • ice cube tray

Directions

  1. Blend the soaked cashews and 1 cup of water for 3-4 minutes, until super, super creamy. It will resemble heavy cream, we call it cashew creme.
  2. Pour cashew creme into ice cube tray and freeze for four hours.
  3. Add to Vita-Mix; honey, coconut butter, blueberries, wild flowers, and cashew creme ice cubes.
  4. Blend until it resembles ice cream (about 2-3 minutes) You will have to use the tamper to blend properly. Be careful not to over blend
  5. Top with scattering of wild flowers and enjoy.
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  • http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com “Wildman” Steve Brill

    Thanks for an excellent article. A couple of corrections: I’ve been leading foraging tours for 30 years plus 1 day (yesterday was the 30th anniversary of my first tour.) I was arrested by undercover park rangers for eating a dandelion in Central Park in 1986, and the resulting publicity was so great that embarrassed parks officials dropped the charges and hired me to lead foraging tours. I worked with them for 4 years.

    I also do private tours, especially with kids. I work with school classes and day camps, and lead birthday party tours as well.

    Hope to see you on some more tours!

  • http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com “Wildman” Steve Brill

    The recipe looks great.

    Have you ever tried making pignola nut cream? I used to use cashews in my vegan ice creams, which aren’t all raw (agar, arrowroot, and lecithin granules are my thickeners, I add grape seed oil, and as a vegan, I use stevia and vegetable glycerin instead of honey), but found pignola nuts to work even better.

    It was a pleasure meeting you on my foraging tour. Also, I’m glad you’re still alive!

    • Abra Pappa

      I’ve never tried with pignola nuts, but I certainly will now. I use stevia for a lot of my recipes, but I just bought this gorgeous raw honey that was begging to be used. To your point though, this recipe is actually no longer vegan with the honey. Oopsie.
      Thanks for a great day, I came home with so much inspiration!

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