During our walk along the country lane near our house on Friday evening, I noted that there were elderflowers aplenty along the path. Not only did they look beautiful but they would make an extremely good cordial I thought. No traffic fumes on these. And elderflower cordial happens to be one of my favourites 🙂
After making nettle cordial last month and seeing how easy it was, I found a recipe in my River Cottage recipe book. Then with me on foot and my daughter on scooter we set out to do some very local foraging.
Into the bargain, we discovered a new play area on our very estate. My daughter insisted that the field behind the path was actually very close to where we live, so once we had enough elderflowers we went to investigate. And sure enough, on the other side of the fence there was indeed a little park. How great is that!
Anyway, I put the flowers in enough boiling water to cover them last night – along with 300 ml of lemon juice – and when we got back from an outing with our sewing bee today I finished off the mixture.
The recipe said to add 350g of sugar, 50 ml of lemon juice and a heaped teaspoon of tartaric acid for ever 500 ml of the strained mixture. Then bring the liquid to boil on a gentle heat.
After that it was just a case of bottling it…… With the result that we now have about two litres of elderflower cordial.
NB Since writing this post, I have learned that the above pictured flower is in fact cow parsley. Fortunately, it is edible and so I will still drink the cordial. However, it shows how you do need to know what you’re doing when you go foraging. Roll on the end of June when I do a foraging course at Skelton Grange Conservation Centre.