Elder flowers are synonymous with the start of British summer, but apart from making elderflower cordial, wine and champagne, they have a great many other uses.
We found this great recipe by Lawrence Keogh on the BBC Food website which uses elder flowers and elder flower cordial to dress a rather tasty peppered duck.
A great summer alternative to the traditional Sunday.
This recipe also uses lovage, a garden herb which has a mild celery/coriander like taste but not often grown because it can become a bit of a thug.
Remember not to pick all of the elder flowers or there will be no elder berries later in the year!
Apart from Elder flowers, there are many other wild foods available in June, including;
Alexanders – flowers or stems and buds if flowers not open. –
Ramsons (wild garlic)
St George’s mushroom
Wild Rose Flowers
Elderflower recipes – Some great elderflower recipes from River Cottage, including elderflower delight.