Meadowsweet has a short season, it usually blooms in mid-late June and stays until September.
Meadowsweet has red stems, ribbed leaves which grow opposite each other along the stems reaching a larger 3 lobed leaf at the top. It has clusters of delicate, white/cream flowers at the top of each stem, that are widely described as frothy.
Meadowsweet has a beautifully sweet vanilla sort of flavour with a slight petrol like hint. The flowers are often infused into things, especially dairy, for example in cream based desserts and makes a great wild substitute for vanilla. It also pairs beautifully with all the summer berries at the same time as it making it a prime target for desserts!