Today we are showing you how to make a DELICIOUS cordial with Elderflowers. Both the flowers and berries in the Elder plant can be used when properly prepared (berries have to be cooked - btw, we use the oil from the berries in Névoa <3), but all leaves, sticks, and roots should be avoided. Elderflower has been used in traditional medicine due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. The most common uses are for colds and flu, sinus infections, and other respiratory disturbances.This spontaneous shrub grows all over the world, although its presence is most commonly seen in the northern hemisphere.
The season of Elders starts now: go for a walk around your city or village and pick these beautiful, tasty flowers. You can dry them, and keep them to do herbal infusions, or try something new: elderflowers cordial.
- 7 elderflowers heads (like the ones in the picture)
- 1 lemon (organic, if possible)
- 600ml water
- 500g sugar
- If they have tenants (aka small insects), immerse them in vinegar water for 30 seconds, then drain carefully.
- Detach the elderflowers, leaving as few stems as possible, then place them in a bowl with the sliced lemon and water. Cover with a cloth and leave to marinate for 48 hours.
- After this time, filter the liquid. Squeeze the flower clusters well to recover as much liquid as possible.
- Pour it in a saucepan with the sugar and bring to the boil.
- Bottle it and keep in a cool place (can be kept for a month. You can also freeze it for an expanded shelf-life).
Add it to plain or sparkling water for non-alcoholic beverages, or to upgrade your cocktails. You can also sweeten your yogurts and cakes with this sirop.
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