Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Elderberry Flowers Syrup and Elder flower Tea

Yesterday I posted these Elderberry Flower Fritters, and today I have another recipe (and a half) that you can make with elderberry flowers:

Elderberry Flowers Syrup

For this you will need 1 l of water, 1 kg of sugar, about a dozen elderberry flower heads, 30 g of citric acid and 3 organic lemons (I picked some juicy organic lemons from Regina's garden). 

Wash and cut the lemons and put them in a pot with all the other ingredients (or in a large jar, if you have it). Let this mixture stand for three days, stirring from time to time. Don't go over three days or it may ferment. After this time filter the syrup through a muslin cloth, squeezing the lemons and flowers well. Boil the filtered syrup for 5 minutes, removing any possible scam forming at the top. Cool down and filter again, through a finer cotton cloth this time. 

Bottle and use as a cordial (it is very thirst-quenching), or to flavour desserts (like panna cottaor blamanche), ice cream, fruit salads and berries.

Elder flower Tea

I am drying the remaining flowers for tea. Dry them in the shade and keep them for winter: the tea is traditionally used to relieve cold and flu, cough and sore tummy.

To learn more about foraging and eating flowers and wild plants in New Zealand come to our Slow Food event on November 24th, click here to find out where and when.
Photos and recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©


  1. like our "Surotin" see the recipe
    have a good day

  2. Yes, the alcoholic version (a bit like a liquor), love it :-). Thank you Chantal!

  3. What a delicious way to use up elderflowers. I love the cordial and that's how we usually tend to see it here.

  4. come mi piacerebbe poterlo fare. MI han detto che quello che ho vicino casa è velenoso, sennò ero pronta a raccoglierlo da un pò!
    Un bacio

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  6. Bellissima idea, mi piacerebbe tanto assaggiarlo!!! Un abbraccio e felice settimana!!!



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