I was worried about the elderflowers, they were slow this year and the blooms are quite a bit smaller then normal on this bad drought year but I am not one to just sit ideal, I did a little further then normal foraging and found a few swampish area’s that they are still holding well in, found out who owned the land and checked to see if I had forage rights on it and yup!
This is just one days worth of pick of the flowers and that is a full roasting pan that can hold an roast up to a twenty pound turkey and its full!
Many jars of died Elderflowers are done, I have canned up jars of elderflower syrup and I am waiting for the gooseberries to come ready so I can make a gooseberry-elderflower jelly this year as we know that the flavour combo is outstanding per the pie!
Do not forget to try this amazing Elderflower and lemon icecream recipe!
I have a few different jars worth of things bubbling away into a fine drink someday, this one in the photo above is a half-gallon of elderflower-honey mead..
Full post and recipe found at the link above, I just cut it into half as I want to try it first and because I have lots of dried to make more as I want to do so..
I like to use my eldeflowers in so many ways, cooking, tea, syrups and as a flavouring.. but also in my soaps
Hope that these idea’s will give you the nudge to go collect some of these flowers for yourself!