Catching the last of the Elderflowers…
Not much time left and many are just out of reach! Remember to take a ladder foraging with you or a good friend with climbing skills…
Last Resort – I’ve had to resort to just picking one or two heads this time of year, and drying them for elderflower tea. You may have more luck!
Elderflower syrups and dishes are potent medicine – they can help counter hayfever, fight colds, boost your immune and send you to a delightful floaty place with those sweet aromas…
Choose from fresh or dried elderflower tea (just add hot water), elderflower fritters, or cordial for sorbets and ice creams, mix with summer fruits or into cocktails. Here’s a simple recipe for cordial and a tempting image of local fruits cooked with elderflowers – delicious!
A classic recipe, which has been enjoyed by many of our grandparents! This cordial is a wonderful refreshing summer drink, and elderflowers are also a great remedy for colds. This recipe needs some pre-planning – a bucket, clean screw-top bottles, lemon squeezer, a funnel and a seive/muslin cloth is needed.
25 elderflower heads (flowers left on stalks)
3 unwaxed lemons
1 lb unrefined sugar
2-3 pints/1.5 litres boiling water
3ooml warm water
2-3oz citric acid (if you’re going to store the cordial for a whole
Ideally pick the flowers in full sun. Place sugar in a pan and pour boiling water over, stirring until dissolved. Place the elderflowers (check to remove bugs) in a clean bucket and pour hot sugar mixture over it. Cut the lemons in half and squeeze the juice into the bucket, then grate the lemon zest and add this too. Stir, cover, and leave for 24-48 hours, stirring occasionally. Strain the mixture through a sieve, or preferably a fine muslin cloth, and funnel into clean bottles, or dilute and serve immediately!