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.



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