Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a courtyard garden. Which edibles will tolerate less than ideal growing conditions. Discovering how veggies can grow in partial shade.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Elderflower Cordial

There is just so short a season for elderflowers that if you want to make yourself some heavenly elderflower cordial you should act now. This is just one of the most wonderful Summer drinks you could imagine. Today I picked about a carrier bag full of flower heads and started to make some. A version of this recipe is described by Sophie Grigson and is the one I use.

Use scissors to snip of the flower heads. When you are home tip out the flowers on to a tray or a table outdoors and allow any insects to walk away! I usually dip the flower heads in a bowl of water for a moment just to get rid of dust and pollen. Snip off the large green stalks and put the flower heads in a non-metallic bowl. You will have some green stalks but that is fine. If you follow the recipe given, I usually separate the lemon juice until the mixture cools down. You might also experience difficulty in obtaining citric acid from a dispensing chemist. You can order it but the pharmacists may well tell you that they do not have any... er... this is an interesting topic. Pharmacists are very careful when it comes to selling citric acid because although to you and me it is a kitchen ingredient, to some people it can be used for nefarious purposes and it would be wise to mention to the pharmacist that you are making some home-made lemonade and you may well get more success that way!


At 7:20 AM, Blogger Rob said...

Have always fancied making elderflower cordial. Sounds delicious! Thanks for the reminder!

At 6:47 PM, Blogger Hedgewitch said...

brilliant post :-)

At 2:55 PM, Blogger Ruth said...

I made mine this week too! You can get citric acid from winemaking suppliers, and from shops which sell Indian groceries, under the "Rajah" brand, who you may be familiar with as a supplier of spices. (I don't know why this latter case is, but I suspect it may be about Indian sweets.)

I think I'm going to have a go at turning some of my cordial into sorbet this year.

At 8:48 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

I live near a lot of indian/asian shops, and they sell citric acid in kilogram bags! No problem for me!!! Try finding an ethnic shop if you have trouble at the chemist. Plus, it's much cheaper too! S


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