Elder flower - Sambucus - dried
The Elder (Sambucus) is an up to 7 m tall evergreen tree and belongs to the family of musk plants (Adoxaceae). Its white-yellowish flowers bloom between May and July and exude a fruity-spicy fragrance. They are the classic harbinger of early summer. They beautify their surroundings and are also edible and have always refined desserts and drinks.
Each region has a different name for them. We northern Germans call it lilac bush, the Swabian calls it Holder and the Austrian calls it Holler. What is meant is always the same: elder .
In the kitchen
Elder flowers are versatile and tempt you to experiment.
From elder flowers you can not only prepare jellies, syrups or marmalades. Also delicious yogurt ice cream or baked goods.
Recipe: Elderflower Syrup
- 500 g raw cane sugar
- 500 ml of water
- 50 gr elderflower
- 20 grams of citric acid
- 1 organic orange and lemon
- Boil the water with the raw cane sugar until the sugar has dissolved.
- Wash the lemon and orange thoroughly with hot water and cut them into thin slices. Now add the elderflower, orange and lemon slices to the water sugar solution.
- Complain with a plate and let the mixture soak in the fridge for 4 days.
- Now sift through a fine sieve lined with kitchen paper and squeeze all the liquid through the sieve with a wooden spoon.
- Boil the liquid again and add the citric acid.
- Fill the syrup into clean bottles.
Elderberry in natural medicine
It is said that the substances contained in the elderflower are also used as tea for cough, fever, sinusitis and cough.