Elder

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Dried Elder Flowers
Elder Berries

Elder trees produce wonderful white flower heads in mid-summer and black berries.

Elderflowers have a heady sweet, floral aroma and have a muscatel and floral-sweet taste. Elder flowers are used to make herbal teas and elderflower cordial, which can be used as a soft drink or drizzled over fruit for abn extra fragrant sweetener to unripe raspberries and strawberries purchased in larger grocery outlets. Elderflowers also make delicious sparkling champagne-style country wines.

Elderberries taste somewhat like blackcurrant. Elder berries are used for making jams, wines and go well in apple pies. Elderberry wine is a good and tasty country wine.

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Further reading

  • Hemphill, I., Hemphill, K. (2014) The Spice and Herb Bible, Robert Rose. ISBN 9780778804932.
  • McVicar, J. (1999, republished 2006) Jekka's Complete Herb Book, Silverdale Books. ISBN 9781845093709.