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Elderflower Easy: Preserve and Bake

In “A Modern Herbal”, 1931, Maud Grieve observed “ our English summer is not here until the elder is fully in flower.” By my home, the lanes are full of Elder trees (Sambucus nigra) with masses of creamy white blossoms ready for picking. Forage in June and July for elderflowers on dry days when the blossoms are full of pollen. Smell the flowers before picking as they have different scents. Choose the ones with the sweetest fragrance. Using scissors snip off the stalks and discard all the leaves. Leave some blossoms for foraging in September; the blossoms will have turned into bunches of purplish-black berries. Continue reading Elderflower Easy: Preserve and Bake