The scent and sweet taste of elderflower conjures up memories of summer’s passed.
Taking a break from the garden swing, sipping from the tall cold glass, while devouring a piece of crumbly cake.
There’s been a wave of love for foraging of late. Appreciating the bounty in our English garden is never a bad thing and when you see a couple of bees making their way from bloom to bloom, it reminds you how important it is for the environment to grow and nurture plants. Allow a bit of wildness in your garden, bees love that – particular bee friendly plants include: cornflowers, wild flowers, poppies and flowering fruit trees.
When collecting elderflower heads, ensure that you do so on a dry day and choose the flowers that have that unmistakable fragrance. Avoid any flowers that have started to turn brown. Once made, keep your cordial in the freezer in small batches to recreate summer throughout the year.
25 elderflower heads
zest of two lemons
1.5 litres of boiling water
1kg of caster sugar
Clean the elderflower heads, ensuring there are no bugs that have hitched a lift in your basket. Then put them in a bowl with the lemon zest.
Pour the water into the bowl, immersing the flowers in water.
Cover with a clean towel and leave them overnight to infuse.
Add the sugar and the lemon juice.
Pop on the stove and bring to the boil, allowing to simmer for a few minutes. Skim off any froth. Stir continuously. All the sugar must be dissolved.
Pour the cordial you would like to use now, into sterilised bottles/containers. Then pour the rest into a clean container for the freezer. It will keep for around one year.
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