Elders grow absolutely all over the place – they’re the ‘weed’ of trees. We’re lucky to have them, because their flowers are so delicious and so versatile, you can make a whole host of tasty treats and drinks with them. Best of all, they’re free!
When picking elderflower, make sure you choose trees that are growing away from roadsides, as they can be polluted or dirty. The best place to pick elderflowers is in coutry hedgerows or in parks. The flower heads a big, so you’ll need to take a few carrier bags with you.
Here are some great elderflower recipes that I’ve found online that I’d like to try…
Deep-fried elderflowers with sugar, salt and fresh chilli
These work well as a tasty and unusual savoury snack to serve with drinks. Find Stevie Parle’s recipe for deep-fried elderflowers with sugar, salt and fresh chilli on telegraph.co.uk.
This must be the quintessentially English version of Turkish delight… Find the recipe on River Cottage – Elderflower delight.
Elderflower and gooseberry vodka
This fragrant and easy-to-make drink can be served ‘on the rocks’ or added to a cocktail. Find the recipe on BBC Good Food – Elderflower & gooseberry vodka.
Elderflower gin and sour elder
Here are two tasty summer tipples. Find Stevie Parle’s recipe for elderflower gin and sour elder on telegraph.co.uk.
Gooseberry, elderflower and Sauvignon sorbet
A refreshing and sophistacted dessert to wow your guests! Find the recipe on BBC Good Food – Gooseberry, Elderflower and Sauvignon sorbet.
…That should keep me busy for a while!