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Elderflowers in cornwall


I love the idea of wild food. My mission for the year is to make something to eat or drink from the hedgerows as the months change and as I walk Woody everyday it’s easy to notice as blossom changes to fruit. The elderflowers are quite beautiful; I picked about 30 fragrant heads and came home and dissolved 2lb of sugar in 6 pints of water and left to cool . Sliced 2 unwaxed lemons and oranges, added about a tablespoon of citric acid to the sugar syrup, bunged in the flower heads and gave it all a good stir. And leave it to infuse for a couple of days.

The smell in my kitchen is quite exotic and heady, beats Airwick any day of the week!

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I love elderflowers and would like to be able to make my own cordial but I don't think any flowers picked in London would be very healthy! I love Cornwall and visit 2-3 times a year. We was there last month and was sad to see the frost damage.I look forward to more Cornish hedgrow recipes.

21 Jun, 2009


My Mum used to make cough medicine from elder flowers-didn't taste too good but it worked ! Also jam and elderberry wine from the berries.
Late summer we would be out blackberrying and picking bilberries for yet more jam and pies. Yum :))

21 Jun, 2009

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