Basswood Tree - chocolate substitute

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    Could anyone help me out? I understand I need to gather the flowers and premature fruit and finally grind them. What's next? How do I turn this into a chocolate paste? If you could share some recipes or tell me what you do with it that would be a huge bonus I'd be thankful for. I cannot for the life of me find any information on exactly how this paste is made.
     
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    I found that yesterday. I think the website is down. It goes straight to "buy this domain". That is actually the only link that teaches how to make it from what I can tell this far. I really wish it worked. I hear the chocolate substitute is so close people have tried to commercialize it but it "doesn't keep" very long.
     
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    From what I understand, seeds+flowers crush and grind into paste... maybe add a little linden sap if you need "water". I'm not sure the exact proportions as what I had was pre-prepared for me. I was told nothing but stuff from the tree was in it though. Lady in ADKs made it. Was selling it on the side of the road on Rt. 3. Cant remember if it was closer to Tupper Lake or Old Forge. Picked up the Ex-GF at Cranberry Lake headed to tupper to long to old forge. Lady was selling all sorts of baked goods and "chocolate" bars made from it. It cost a pretty penny but it was good. Collect the wilting flowers and young seeds is all I really know.
     
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    Web archive to the rescue. Copy of text from the page you wanted. @JayC

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    The linden (or European Lime) tree is a native to Europe and North America. It's a very versatile tree and it has a whole range of culinary uses (here you can learn about the linden tree and its edible uses). One of the most remarkable is a chocolate substitute you can make from the fruit.

    The linden tree (any of the species Tilia x europaea, Tilia cordata, Tilia platyphyllos, Tilia americana etc) has fruit that contain nut-like seeds. These have a range of essential oils and many of these have properties that make them taste like chocolate. All children living near linden trees will know of this 'tree chocolate' and this was a well-known property of linden fruit.

    As the fruit matures and hardens the chocolate flavour becomes lost. As a result, it is possible to dry and grind linden fruit as a coffee substitute that tastes a little like coffee with a little hot chocolate added it's nowhere near as strong in chocolate taste as the immature fruit.

    It wasn't until the 18th century that people began to experiment with linden fruit to try and make something more palatable from it. As a result, the French chemist, Missa discovered that by grinding the immature fruit of linden trees with dried linden flowers he could obtain a product that had an aroma similar to chocolate.

    This seemed like a very exciting discovery and the process was tentatively commercialized in Prussia (what is now Germany, the heartland of where the European linden or lime tree grows). However it was soon discovered that the product did not keep well and the large-scale production of 'linden chocolate' was quickly dismissed. Indeed, the recipes and secrets of how the chocolate was made was almost completely lost in the mists of time and only recently have Missa's processes come to light.

    Nothing will induce linden chocolate to develop a long shelf life, but it's possible today to make linden chocolate in small batches and freeze for later use (it will still denature and lose its chocolatey flavour quite quickly though). If you are going to make it then I suggest you dry linden flowers and freeze whole immature linden fruit for later use. You can then make the product on the day you want to use it and you can capture it's amazing aroma.

    Here is the process you will need to make linden chocolate:

    500g immature linden tree fruit (with stalks removed)
    40g dried linden flowers
    a little grape seed oil

    Grind the linden flowers to a powder and set aside. Meanwhile pound the linden tree fruit to a paste in a pestle and mortar (or a food processor). Mix the linden tree fruit with the dried linden flowers and add just enough grape seed oil to make a manageable paste. This is best used the same day but can be kept for a few days by freezing in the refrigerator.

    If you want a recipe using this product then the Celtnet Recipes Archive has a recipe for Linden Chocolate Mississippi Mud Pie. I've also found a blog with a recipe for a Linden Leaf Porridge.

    There are also tens more recipes including many other parts of the linden tree in the Celtnet Wild Foods Recipes pages (you also get hundreds of recipes for other wild foods here!
     
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    Is the link working for you? Every time I click that link it redirects to a "buy this domain" page. It's strange :/

    I can't wait to try it!
    Thank you so very very much! I have no clue how you got it but you did!!! lol I'm very excited!!! I may not be able to do it for a little bit but when I do I will share with everyone how I did it and what it was like. I wish there was a lot more on this.

    Thanks again everyone!!!
     
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    Hmm, dunno. the link works for me. Here's a snippet directly, not from archive.org

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    wow.... that is actually scary....

    I'm assuming I have a virus or something? It never does it for say, facebook or any site I frequent. However, when I click this link it redirects me to a whole new url and the only lettering on the page is advertisements and "buy this domain". Not only did you all help but you also helped shed light on a computer issue I may have. Thats not good :/ lol I'm going to try using internet explorer instead of chrome and see what happens.
     
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    WOW! Works on internet explorer!!! Wonder whats up with Chrome? I'm going to uninstall chrome and reinstall. If that doesn't help I'll switch to explorer. Wow... haha I wonder how many pages ACTUALLY WORKED that my browser led me to believe were gone. What the heck :p
     
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    Try Firefox. IE used to be the Typhoid Mary of the internet, as far as security/virii go.
     
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    Ive tried the fruit...but this is amazing! thanks for sharing
     

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