Respect your elders

Elderberries that is…

It’s been a few years since we started planting edible hedgerows and thickets here & there on the property, and now many of those itty bitty “twigs” are productive trees and shrubs. One thriving plant is a domestic elderberry (the tag has long since been lost, so no idea which particular variety it is) that goes as far as setting fruit, but never seems to finish the job. Elder_flowersSo instead of fighting nature, this season we’re planning to work together, cordially. All those fluffy, creamy, aromatic flower umbrels are going to be picked and bathed in a vat (well, quart jar anyway) of Costco vodka and a little sugar. In a couple of weeks we’ll have elderflower liqueur to augment our arsenal of herbal, fruity goodness, and remind us of summer’s bounty all through the dark & dank rainy season ahead.

Elderflowers also have a long history of use in traditional medicine, as summarized in this article. Can’t hurt to try 🙂

Hunter, Angler, Gardener, Cook has a great post/recipe here that we plan to use.

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