I am just so excited. I'm really fortunate in that there are a couple Elder plants on the property I'm staying at; my mom covers the plants when they start to make berries so that she can get enough for making an amazing elderberry syrup for winter time. However, people seem to forget that elderflower is also a pretty wonderful tonic.
One thing I became seriously hooked on in Germany was a beverage that contained elderflower infusion, apple cider vinegar, lemon rind, green tea, and cane sugar. It's consumed cold and has carbonated water in it. I've managed to duplicate it using honey, as well as using still water. It's delicious on a hot summer day, chilled.
So the other day, mom asked me if I wanted elderberries this year, since we have a lot in the freezer. I realized that for the first time, i was in time to actually harvest the flowers! So I cut a boxfull, racked them, dried them, and ended up with a honey jar full. They are tiny and they dry tinier, but I'm happy with what I have. The birds can have some berries from the branches I was too late to get to before they started making fruit, and the bigger tree might yet give us berries to share.
Elderflower tea, made with elderflowers, lemon rind, and sweetened with raw honey, is a really comforting thing when the cold and flu season arrives. It's an astringent, meaning that it will dry you out, so if a person is retaining water elderflower can be useful when used carefully.
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