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Elder Flower


By Pride

Elder Flower (Sambucus nigra (Elder).)

Fruit - raw or cooked. The flavour of the raw fruit is not acceptable to many tastes, though when cooked it makes delicious jams, preserves, pies and so forth. It can be used fresh or dried, the dried fruit being less bitter. The fruit is used to add flavour and colour to preserves, jams, pies, sauces, chutneys etc, it is also often used to make wine. The fruit is about 8mm in diameter and is borne in large clusters.
Flowers - raw or cooked. They can also be dried for later use. The flowers are crisp and somewhat juicy, they have an aromatic smell and flavour and are delicious raw as a refreshing snack on a summers day, though look out for the insects. The flowers are used to add a muscatel flavour to stewed fruits, jellies and jams (especially gooseberry jam). They are often used to make a sparkling wine.
A sweet tea is made from the dried flowers.

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Love your botanical studies, they're amazing :)

4 May, 2009


I made elderberry wine years ago it was delicious!

9 May, 2009


The flower is very good for reducing inflamtion of the body one doctor years ago always tiped his hat when passing an elder because of the medicinal properties .

15 Jun, 2009

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