Miscellaneous

When should elderflowers be picked?

When should elderflowers be picked?

June
June is typically the best time of year to collect elderflower as the flowers are at their freshest. Pick the flowers on a warm, dry day and don’t forget to give them a little shake to remove any insects (without harming the insects), before soaking or rinsing in cold water and leaving them to dry.

Can you pick elderflowers in the evening?

Once you’ve found your elderflowers bear in mind it’s best to pick elderflowers on a dry sunny day, in the morning, when the flowers are at their most fragrant. This apparently translates to a richer sweeter flavour, but if it’s late afternoon don’t worry too much!

Can you pick elderflowers on a cloudy day?

She adds: ‘They only proliferate in bright sunshine, hence pick on a cloudy day when there aren’t so many around. ‘

Should you wash elderflowers?

Make sure it’s clean. Holding each elderflower head over the crock, carefully snip the tiny blossoms into the crock. Do not wash the elderflowers before doing this! (This is why I told you earlier that exhaust-free flowers are essential.)

Which part of elderflower is poisonous?

Elderberry roots, stems, and seeds are poisonous. Eating them builds up cyanide levels in our system. However, it is fairly easy to circumnavigate these dangers. When they are ripe, berries can be pulled off the stem with a fork.

Can you eat raw elderflowers?

Often overlooked, the lovely little white or yellow blossoms of the magical elder shrub are also edible and medicinal, with some very special benefits of their own.

What are dried Elderflowers good for?

An extract of the flower is used to make medicine. Elderflower is used for swollen sinuses (sinusitis), colds, influenza (flu), swine flu, bronchitis, diabetes, and constipation. It is also used to increase urine production (as a diuretic), to increase sweating (as a diaphoretic), and to stop bleeding.

How long does it take to dry elderflowers?

Lay the flowers flat on the screen ensuring that each flower has plenty of room to allow air to flow around it. Allow the flowers to air dry for several days, turning them periodically (2 or 3 times) to ensure even drying.

Can I pick elderflower in the rain?

‘First off you must not pick all the elderflower off one tree, or entirely off one side – it tends to ruin it for next year’s flowering. ‘The other thing is to only pick elderflower on cloudy or rainy days.