I had a bit of a hectic and exciting week. But the score is ok: my son graduated from high school and I am very proud of him and very, very happy. So now I can let go of tension and go out in nature picking some flowers.
Depending of where you live, you can still pick elder blossoms now.
The elder tree (Sambucus Nigra) is not a real tree but more of a shrub, planted often next to the house to expel insects and other negative influences from the house.
It’s a tree surrounded by myths for ages already.
When you smell the flower it’s a truly delicate sweet flowery smell coming from the pollen; to create a lemonade with this smell and flavor it’s important that you pick the flower heads in the early morning on a dry, preferably sunny day. The flowers must be just opened. Lay them in a basket , don’t crush them or shake them to much. Never wash them, because then you rinse of the pollen and most of the taste will be gone. So always pick them on a clean spot, in a park or place where no cars are driving by with their polluting gasses.
Before you go picking, one last remark: always pick just a few flowers per bush and leave the rest to become berries for the birds and other use.
The internet is full of recipes for elder blossom syrup; this is a very quick and simple lemonade recipe, ready in a day!
The recipe comes from Citysalad.
Elder blossom lemonade (
15 elder blossoms
10 tsp unrefined cane sugar or same amount of honey
1 organic lemon
After picking the elder blossoms, spread them out on a cloth on your balcony or in the garden. Leave them for the time that you prepare the other tools and ingredients. In this time most of the insects will crawl out. You can shake out, very carefully, the leftover insects or just ask them friendly to leave.
Above a big glass jar cut the blossoms from the stems, these can give a bit of a bitter taste. Zest and juice the lemon and put it in the jar with the flowers. Add sugar or honey, cook the water and pour it over the flower mixture. Give it a good stir and place the jar with a lid or a piece of cloth on top on a sunny spot and leave it for 24 hours.
Then sift the mixture through a piece of cheese cloth and pour the lemonade in a bottle.
The drink is ready now, chilled it’s even more heaven.
Don’t forget to smell first!!
Vlierbloesem limonade (
10 schepjes ongeraffineerde rietsuiker of een gelijke hoeveelheid honing
Vergeet niet eerst te ruiken voordat je proeft!