This week on Instagram I shared a Guide with some of my favourite ways to preserve elderflower – from cordial to champagne – and I wanted to follow up with a round-up of recipes you can use the preserved elderflower in. According to ancient Scottish folklore, the Elder is a sacred tree and even contains a spirit called an “Elder Mother” who lives inside the tree and possesses magical powers – hence its long-regarded medicinal nature (mainly thanks to its magic-rich, a.k.a. Vitamin-C-filled berries). Fairies were said to congregate by Elder trees during Litha, and as such it is commonly associated with protective qualities and rebirth; its branches were hung over front doors to ward away evil spirits during the Celtic festival of Samhain. With all that history, it’s clear to see why it is so special. Here are five favourite recipes from my archives that make a star of the floral flavour for this Litha time of year.
There are lots more elderflower recipes in my archives here – do check them out and let me know if you make anything!