Elderflower comes from the Elder plant (Sambucus), with more than dozen identified species around the world. We love to pick them this time of the year and make a nice syrup with lemons for instance. Read about the recipe and inspiring plant below.
As Elderflower contain antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties it has been used in traditional medicine in many different cultures for ages. The most common use is for curing colds, sinus infections, and flus. Moreover, this amazing flower has antibacterial and antiviral properties, which may help with allergies and boost your immune system! Also keep in mind that it can reduce your blood sugar levels. Take a look at our recipe below, which guaranteed will cool you down on a warm summer day!
30-40 elderflower heads
3 lemons (sliced)
2 l water
2 kg sugar
60 g (4 tbsp) citric acid
Use a large bowl and add the sliced lemons and elderflowers. Bring the water and sugar to boil while stirring occasionally until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in the citric acid and then pour the mix into the bowl with the lemons and flowers. Cover with a lid/towel and keep it in a dry, cool place. Continue to stir a few times for 3-5 days.
Finally, use a fine mesh strainer and a muslin (cloth) and strain the syrup into a clean bowl. Pour into glass bottles and store in the refrigerator or the freezer.
By: Linnéa Nilsson / Photo: Flickr HisforHome & Pexels.com