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8 responses to “Elderflower Cordial”

  1. lyn

    Our native elderflower smells unpleasant to me, but I love the syrup. I wonder why?
    Thanks for the interesting recipe.

  2. Jason C

    I have tried to make this cordial for a couple of years now and either I have a different variety here in the Northeast or I’m just missing something. I collect the berries from the same plants so I know I’m using elderflowers. The flowers are just OK at best. Even then I’m probably more infatuated with the idea than I am with the end result. Any thoughts on different strains of elderflowers in NE US?

  3. Ron May-Pumphrey

    I think this is great stuff. I substitute 2 blood oranges for one of the lemons. It’s what I have on hand and it gives a nice ‘blush’ to the syrup.

    Even in the small area I am familiar with, ( all blue elder) the flowers vary in odor. The fragrance is best early in the day, but even then an occasional tree has flowers that remind me of cat box!

  4. Fatemeh Forages

    I think the variety of elder trees we have in the United States is slightly different than the ones in Europe and Asia. I am in Los Angeles, California and the flowers are so pretty but never any fragrance that would make my heart sing.
    My elderberries are also really small.

  5. Nicole Meron

    I’ve used this recipe for a couple of years now and love it.
    I’ve now moved to a different part of Denmark so I hope the final drink is just as good. This year is really good for elderflowers.

  6. Gino Palmeri

    To Jason’s earlier comment: We really only have one edible wild elder in the northeastern US/ eastern Canada, the Common Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis). The tiny, creamy-white flowers blossom in a flat, like two-dimensional grouping called a cyme. They ripen into dark purple, almost black, berries which, when ripe and heavy, will bend their branch over quite a bit.

    If the flower cluster is shaped more like a lilac or hyacinth, then I would be wary. That would likely be the toxic Red Elder (S. _____. Botanists have recently decided that S. canadensis and the European Black Elderberry (S. nigra). That might be your source of confusion.

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