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13 responses to “Elderflower Fritters”

  1. Angelina

    I’m so glad you addressed that! I have seen such recipes a number of times and wondered how people are eating the stems and not getting sick. (Apparently they are) These look really wonderful. I have yet to try anything made with elderberry flowers because I’ve been so focused on foraging the berries.

  2. The Rowdy Chowgirl

    These look so delicious, and this post has rekindled my interest in looking for elderberries here in the Seattle area. I know they are out there…

  3. cosima

    Oh Hank! I swoon… no, let me rethink that…. aha, I drool!

    Thanks again for another wonderful wild foodie post.

  4. Annie

    I have had them fried in a very light tempura batter and they were divine. This sounds equally good.

  5. Elderberry Toxicity and Edibility :

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  6. Chris Troutner

    Hey Hank!

    I’ve been doing a bit of research into red elderberries. I’m planning on making wine with them as well as trying your fritter recipe when the flowers come around again next year. I’d love it if you could leave a comment on my post confirming or denying any of the information I list:


    Chris Troutner

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  9. Dan "The Impractical Fishermen"

    Haven’t had that since the last time I was in Germany in the 90s. I need to find me some elderflowers.

  10. Kelly Houston

    I don’t know if the blue elderberries in the US are the same species or not, but the one that grows in Germany, the berries are also most definitely toxic unless cooked. Well, toxic in that they make you throw up, not toxic like major organ-failure-toxic.

  11. Walt Elsperger

    My parents were from Bavaria. My mom made fried elderberry blossoms every year when we kids were growing up.I usually did the
    blossom picking. We ate everything except the main stem most of the
    time, and never suffered any ill effects. Also the leaves were used
    for medicinal purposes. I can recall one time when I had a rather
    large painful boil on my upper arm. She applied elderberry leaves,
    wrapped it up and in no time the boil was gone.

  12. Terry

    We make fried elderflowers by dipping the flowerhead in batter and then frying on the first side until it starts to get a little set. Then with kitchen shears just snip the main stem (and others) as far down the stems as easily cut. Flip and fry on the other side. Never had any digestive discomfort and fried blossoms hold together well for serving.

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