For many foragers elder is the jewel in the crown, there are so many simple & delicious ways of eating & drinking the flowers & fruits.
These tiny, creamy white flowers in clusters now appearing and best picked when the buds are freshly open on a warm, dry, sunny day, best to gently wash before use to remove any small insects attracted by their wonderful fragrance.
The flowers are well known for making cordial also champagne, wine & liqueurs.
Great for making ice cream, sorbet or even homemade custard to give that delicious floral notes.
Add to fruit tarts, pies & crumbles for that delicate summery flavour or even into crisp crunchy fritters.