It's Elderflower Time!
Every year I just can't wait to elders in my back yard become rich with beautiful white yellow flowers. It is my favorite time! Just a walk past the eldertrees is a great aromatherapy for me. It smells so wonderful! It is no wonder that I pick up all the flowers from the trees and start making different elder-product. If you are interested in what I use elderflower for, you are welcome to read my lens and find out more.
What is elderflower?
Elderflower is a herb, it's a flower of a tree named elder with many little yellow-white flowers, followed by black berries latter. You can use it in cooking (mostly as a flavoring component), but it can also be used in a lot of different ways.
An extract of the flower is used to make medicine for swollen sinuses, colds, flu, bronchitis, diabetes, and constipation. It is also used as a diuretic, to increase sweating and even to stop bleeding. Its extracts can be also used in perfumes and lotions.
In any way of use, it taste and it smells wonderful!
All pictures were taken by myself.
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Elderflower head - With many beautiful tiny little flowers
The season for elderflowers is now - in late spring.
Versatile use of elder - It is useful even for the manufacture of cosmetics
The Body Shop Elderflower Cooling Eye Gel is a great help and cool sensation on irritated or allergy prone eyes.
Fragrance free, wide-awake refreshment to soothe, cool, and refresh those delicate peepers. With gentle elderflower extract and witch hazel.
Here's a look at my favorite elderflower recipes:
- elderflower syrup,
- elderflower tea and
- fried elderflower heads.
Make it yourself and store it for whole year
This syrup is a syrup with a unique aroma and taste. I usually use it for summer drinks (mixed with water, ice and fresh meta or melissa) and as a topping on yogurt, fresh fruit and desserts.
The recipe is very simple:
Ingredients you will need:
- 30 or more elderflower umbels (freshly picked)
- 1 liter water
- 1 kilogram sugar
- juice and zest of 4 lemons
First of all, you have to remove the insects (flowers are full of them). Just give them a good shake.
Then bring water with sugar to boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. When the sugar is completely dissolved, add all the elderflower umbels and lemon juice and zest. Stir well.
Cover the pot with mixture for around 5 days at room temperature. During this time the flavor of the elderflowers will infuse the syrup.
Best refreshment during the summer ever - It will refresh you more than anything else
It is so good :)
If you can not find any elder in your area... - ... you can still enjoy its refreshing taste
If I run out of my syrup (which happens every year!), I simply buy a few bottles, because it is also very good.
Prepare and store some tea for the cold winter days
For tea you must collect whole flowerheads and spread out to dry on trays in a warm place out of direct sunlight (I put them in the warm attic) for about 5 -7 days.
When flowerheads are dry, the little flowers can be easily rubbed from their stems. Store the dried elderflowers in airtight glass jars in a dark place.
Very tasty tea for cold days - It will warm you up and get rid of your cold
It's the best for cold days!
Elder tea - You can buy it online
There are many brands of tea, but they all have the same wonderful flavor and the same active ingredient.
The Elder - In History, Myth and Cookery
If you are interested in knowing more or all about elder, I recommend you to read this book. Elder is a tree (or bush) with many history and many myths which are described in the book. And of course there are detailed recipes with instructions for elderflower champagne, elderflower syrup, elderberry wine and recipes for tarts, fools, jams, jellies, fritters, glazes, and vinegars, all made of elder.
It is also gift-wrap available.
Fried elder flowers
My favorite elder-recipe
This recipe is so easy and the dish is so delicious that you'll want to make it every day.
You will need:
- 20 whole elderflower heads
- vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 200 ml milk
- 140g plain flour
- pinch of salt
- powdered sugar for topping
Mix the egg, flour, milk and salt into a smooth batter (like batter for pancake).
Add and heat the oil into a pan, dip the flowerheads into the batter and add to the hot oil. Cook until the batter turns a golden brown. Sprinkle with some powdered sugar and that is it!
Fried elderflower - My favorite dessert