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 garden nomey

I studied Horticulture at Writtle College in Essex back in the early noughties – it was good fun and a great place to learn, and since then I’ve had various lovely jobs. I started working as a gardener at Trinity College in Cambridge, which is the biggest of Cambridge University’s colleges. That was the best gardening job I’ve ever had, the gardeners were talented and knowledgable (and fun!), the college was relaxed and the grounds are extensive and beautiful. There are amazing gardens locked behind ‘secret garden’ doorways in ancient walls, huge perennial borders to tend to, massive hedges to trim (one is 30ft high) and lawns to mow with precision. It was the perfect place for me, as a new gardener, to gain all the experience I might need to see me off into a career in horticulture. I went on to do various other gardening jobs for a few more years, before deciding that I would like to write about plants. Just as I was wondering how on earth I might get into this (as I was only trained in horticulture), I stumbled upon a Marketing Assistant job with an online and catalogue plant supplier, and they kindly took me in. This was my dream job at the time and I felt so lucky, I spent every day writing plant copy and gaining experience and knowledge in marketing and website management – something I’d never even thought about doing in the past. As it turned out, I loved it! Since then I’ve worked for more online plant suppliers, plus magazines including Which? Gardening Magazine and BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. I currently work as a garden writer for Hubert Burda Media UK and fill some of my spare time with freelance copy writing and blogging work. Every single one of my jobs has taught me so much and I think I’ve found my niche – I’m a Gardener, Copy Writer, Garden Marketer, Feature Writer and Online Content Manager! I’ve been involved in this industry for a good while now. I’ve been to a lot of press shows, I work and have worked with a lot of suppliers and I constantly see people I know in magazines and at gardening events. I really feel like I’m part of this lovely, friendly industry and that makes me very happy. I hope you enjoy my blog! Naomi
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2 Responses to Things to make with elderflowers

  1. Phil Lawrence says:

    Brilliant, thank you for all the fab ideas. Phil

  2. Naomi's Dad says:

    It’s really good to see that you are blogging again Naomi.

    You have selected some good value and timely offers for this varied post and I really like the fact that you took the time to produce a short ‘how to’ video. Videos are always useful and bring the subject to life especially when they are presented by someone with a chirpy personality like yours.

    I will be interested to see how your planting in dry shade plan works out.

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