Category Archives: Edibles and Drinkables

November 5, 2015

Elderflower Cordial Homegrown and Homemade

The days are heating up and there is nothing nicer than enjoyinghome made cordial free of anything artificial. Why not grow an attractive tree and enjoy the flowers from it.

The Tree

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Elderflower trees can be purchased at nurseries and large hardware stores in the nursery section, usually where the herbs are stored. The tree does well in poor dry soils (yes you read correctly) and full sun.  Elderflower is fast growing and grows to approximately 3 metres high and wide and makes a good hedge also.

The Flowers

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Elderflowers can be used in

  • salads
  • baking (muffins etc)
  • cordial
  • champagne

Not only is the flower useful but insects like them too and I noticed the dwarf green tree frogs have realised this as well. The frogs sit on the end of branches near the flower to catch their prey.

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