Someone told me that you can make vinegar from magnolia flowers. Just in time, because in a few days the magnolia in our neighbourhood will start dropping it's petals. I dissolved a bit of sugar in white wine vinegar, like we do for our raspberry vinegar, and poured it over a jar full of magnolia petals. I think, the small amount of sugar will deepen the natural taste and smell of the flowers. We'll have to wait a few weeks, to taste whether that is true.