The healing and aromatic Elderflower is associated with good weather.
Elder (Sambucus nigra) is a wild, deciduous plant. It blooms in May and June, and then the white flowers turn into berries that are first green, and then dark purple and black.
The main part used for medicinal purposes is the flower.
Elderflower is rich in large amounts of vitamins and minerals. Of the vitamins, it contains the most vitamin C and vitamin B, and of the minerals iron and selenium.
In addition to vitamins and minerals, what sets it apart from others is the essential oil. Green leaves are poisonous.
The berries are full of antioxidants. From the flower can be made tea, juice, liqueurs, to be added to dishes because of the aromatic smell, used in the cosmetic industry.
Recept for Elderflower tea:
The tea is prepared by pouring 4 teaspoons of dried flowers with 0.5 l of hot water, letting it stand for 10-15 minutes and then straining it.
Recipe for elderflower syrup:
The flowers should be picked when they are fragrant, a few days after the rain.
It is important that the flowers are picked from an unpolluted place and not washed before preparation.
About 20 flowers
2l of water
1-2 lemons or limes
0.5 kg of honey
Flowers clean, put in a deeper pot, pour cold water, cover and leave for 24 hours. After that, strain and add honey.
Heat to melt the honey, but not at too high a temperature and stir. When it cools, squeeze a lemon or lime, and you can also add them chopped into rings and pour into bottles while the syrup is still warm and seal it.
Dilute the syrup to taste with water and serve!