I veered off the Totnes-Paignton road this evening because I'd spied bounty on the way to work the other day. A bush covered with accessible elderflowers. My recent foraging activity has taught me that elder seems to be a companion plant for the stinging nettle and often its flowers are too far out of reach. I picked a carrier bag full tonight with ease. Consequently my home smells utterly amazing.
I adore foraging and it's up there in my top favourite pursuits. It's so absorbing and satisfying. This is the third batch of elderflowers I've picked. Lou and I have been making cordial from this recipe. The lady in Sainsbury's pharmacy are now on good terms because that's where I source my citric acid, one of the ingredients. If you buy that stuff you get asked some awkward questions. I now know that you can use it to 'cut heroin'. What that entails I have absolutely no idea!
Here's my mixture that has been steeping all day. I'll strain and bottle it in the morning. I've written about making elderflower cordial before back in 2010 in my early days of blogging. I paired it back then with a link to a recipe for elderflower champagne. Now there's a recipe that's not for the faint hearted. It's lovely stuff but I think I only sampled one bottle out of the eight. The rest exploded!