Elderflower Season


One of the annual tasks I look most forward to is picking Elderflowers and making juice. I rarely drink alcohol, but when I do (usually on New Years Eve and on hot summer evenings), I love a glass of white wine or champagne mixed with a bit of Elderflower juice.

The other day the kids helped me pick the flowers and we spent a (magically unusual) few hours without any fights or disagreements. The only fight was a flower "fight" which left Ida with a face full of dusty yellow pollen.

Elder self-seeds in our woodland garden as eagerly as any weed, but like A.A. Milne writes: “Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.” And weeds as useful and tasty as Elder will always be welcome here :-)

I mostly make mine on memory by now, but if you haven't had a go at it before, there are hundreds of good recipes online. But basically they all include about 30-40 elderflower crowns, lemons, sugar, some kind of acid, boiling water, and resting it for  about 3 days.