Earlier this year I purchased and planted a small Elderflower. I have since recognised that we had a rather large bush/plant in our chicken run and that all around our neighbourhood are various sized plants obviously bird seeded some years ago. I remember noticing the dark berries last year and trying to find out some info via Mr Google but giving up and deeming them toxic... silly me!
Over the weekend we had a little pick from a tree hanging over my Nan's fence, a little pick from a tree in the block opposite and a little pick from our tree and following Tanya's excellent recipe we made some gorgeous golden, fragrant, lemony Elderflower cordial. We used a little bit that didn't fit in the bottles to make some jelly with one of those black add-your-own-juice packets from the supermarket, and served it with some Meander Valley double cream... soooo decadent and tasty!
If you have access to some flowers I highly recommend stocking your pantry with this delicious treat :)
Some lovely recipes here
and some benefits are listed here