149/365 On the hunt

It’s May (for a day or two more) right?  I’ve been waiting for the cooler weather to subside and looking for the signs.  Today it was do or die (okay- not so dramatic), more like a missed chance for the season, but, uh… yeah waiting a whole year again.  The hunt for Elder flowers.  We don’t have our own lovely tree like so many of our neighbors, close at hand, but we do have the woods neighboring our fields, and that was our goal today.  I was glad to have the company of my DH.  Many hands make light work 😉

Our journey begins on one of the farm roads leading out of the village, past vineyards, barley and raps (rape)fields.  The weather was warm and sunny when we left our house:


Weather forecast was a chance of showers and these looming clouds over the barley seemed to agree:


However, we reached the edge of the woods and found the Elder trees in full bloom:


Unlike Baa Baa Black Sheep, we picked only two bags full (want not, waste not):


So why bother to pick a peck of pretty posies?  For making Holunder (Elderflower) Syrup:


and Holunder Gelee (Elderflower jelly- though I added a bit of carnation for color and flavor)


Obviously the above pictures are only the first stage of production.  Both recipes require overnight soaking and then removing the flowers / stems either before or after cooking.  The rest of the flower heads will be laid out to dry (ferment and dry) for use in Winter Cold/ Flu remedy teas.

Have a wonderful Ascension Day (today) and a lovely weekend



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8 Responses to 149/365 On the hunt

  1. torc365 says:

    Congrats on a successful hunt. Hope everything you want to make from the flowers turns out perfect.


  2. celebalqua says:

    Thanks for this Crys, I love the story. Please give us the ending next week?

  3. torc365 says:

    Nice shots! And neat story about making the remedy. 😀

  4. torc365 says:

    And would this be where our elder berries come from? If so, they are wonderful for the immune system! I make my own elder berry syrup to fight off colds and the flu.


    • torc365 says:

      Indeed it is one and the same. I’ve gathered both and like the elderberries in jam, liqueur (great for cold/ cough as well), or even sorbet (mixed with black currant not only is it yummy as a dessert, it has medicinal value as well 😉 ) Like you, I make lots of home remedies too.

      • torc365 says:

        Oh, black currant does taste so good and is so good for you. It’s hard to find here in the States, though. I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing more about your home remedies!


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