Under the Princes Spotlight

It was great to see that we had been chosen to celebrate the launch of the Princes new Mayday Network.

We feel very proud. http://tiny.cc/n8oo5

Elderflower Cordial is early this year…

Although we are a little bit ahead of time with our very warm April why not make some cordial to last you the summer.

We went on a course with Sarah Raven and this is her recipe for Elderflower Cordial.

For 2 x 750ml Bottles
1.35kg Granulated Sugar
Flowers from 15-20 heads – we like it strong so use 20.
2 Oranges, thinly sliced
2 lemon, thinly sliced
2 lime, thinly sliced
30g tartaric (or citric acid)

Put 1.15 litres water and the sugar in a saucepan, and dissolve the sugar completely before bringing to the oil.

Add the flowers and return the water to the boil. Remove from the heat immediately.

Put the thinly sliced fruit into a large bowl or jug. Add the tartaric acid and pour over the hot syrup and flowers.

Stir well and cover loosely.

Leave for 24 hours.

Strain into warm sterilised bottles and seal. This keeps for a couple of months in the fridge. If you make plenty, pour some into plastic bottles and freeze. It will last for years.

If you do not want to use all of the citrus fruits you can just use 1 untreated lemon. This does taste much sweeter. You can of course use a wild honey as an alternative.

20 bunches of elderflowers
1 tbsp citric acid
1 kilo sugar
Juice and rind of 1 lemon (untreated)
1 liter boiling water
Mix all the first 5 ingredients, pour boiling water over.
Let stand in a cold place 4 days, strain, and bottle. Keep cold.
Dilute to taste.

We found this great and inclusive (for thoes that are deaf) video for making Elderflower Essence – http://tiny.cc/qiktx

Just one thing we would recommend watering the plants with the water used to rinse the flowers.

In terms of its medicinal qualities Sambucus Nigra.  The berries have been used to fight viral infections and is currently being researched for their activity against HIV. The berries of the elder plant can be used to make syrup. You can pick them and dry them if you do not have time to make it straight away.

We found a video to show you how to make it using dried Elderberries with honey.