Elderflower Foraging

May 26, 2015

We hope everyone had a lovely bank holiday weekend! We spent some of the weekend foraging for elderflowers in the beautiful East Sussex countryside, it's a little early for elderflower but we managed to find enough to make some cordial, with a few nettle stings and thistle scratches along the way! After shaking out the bugs and picking off the flower heads, we soaked them in a pan of water with the zest of two lemons and an orange (the smell is amazing) and left overnight. Then we added sugar, the juice of the lemons and oranges, and simmered until dissolved.

The finished cordial smells wonderful with a beautiful nectar colour and tastes delicious, the elderflower picking season is nearly here, so happy foraging! We used our vintage bowls, handmade wooden spoon and handwoven tea towel for making the cordial. Thank you to our dear friend Kate Sherman and her children for scouting and picking most of the elderflowers.