Things to make with elderflowers



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

Elderflower delight
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

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.

Elderflower fritters with honey
Eat these as a dessert, a decadent garnish or a sweet nibble. Find the recipe on BBC Good Food  – Enderflower fritters with honey.

…That should keep me busy for a while!


About gardennomey

I'm a Writtle-trained horticulturist who has worked as a full-time gardener, then moved on to marketing plants online for various well-known suppliers and producing content for two of the best gardening magazines in the country. I've been lucky with my career. A while ago I decided that full-time gardening wasn't as enjoyable as I imagined and, seeing as that's the only thing I'm really trained in, that seemed like quite a waste. I was determined to get into garden writing in one way or another. Then I stumbled accross a 'Marketing Assistant' job for Gardening Direct, which, thankfully, they offered me. It's amazing how a career can progress and be turned from something you're not sure you like, into your dream job. As the go-to gardening expert at Gardening Direct, I had a great time being in charge of all the garden copy-writing at the same time as gaining experience and knowledge in marketing and website management. From there, I moved on to work for more garden suppliers, Which? Gardening Magazine and I think I have found my niche... it's a weird set of skills, but I am happy with it! Thanks for reading :-) Naomi
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One Response to Things to make with elderflowers

  1. Phil Lawrence says:

    Brilliant, thank you for all the fab ideas. Phil

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