Flowers in Bloom – Elder
My Purple Elder tree just coming into flower two weeks ago
Midsummer is Elder’s time to bloom – displaying hundreds of lace like fronds of sweet scented flowers. My purple Elder tree is calling me to use her blooms NOW and make some Elderflower cordial – a great tonic for the after effects of my flu!
Elderflower Cordial Recipe
25 Elderflower heads from purple or cream Elder trees – please check for insects !
1 kg of sugar,
3 unwaxed lemons, including zest,
1 orange including zest,
1.5 litres of water,
1 teaspoon citric acid.
Steep flowers overnight in water.
Add zest of orange and lemons, plus sliced fruits,
Add sugar and citric acid,
Gently, bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes,
Allow to cool,
Strain through a muslin cloth,
Pour into sterilised glass bottles or freeze in ice cube trays or small containers.
Dilute to taste with sparkling water for a refreshing summer drink that tastes wonderful and is both anti viral, and healing for colds, flu and fevers.