Learn why to use delicious elderflowers in recipes and how to reap the health benefits such as immune boosting and alleviating upper respiratory infections.

Every spring I get super excited (just ask my husband …).

All of a sudden, all I am seeing are elderflowers. Because they are popping up everywhere here in Northern California. But it’s almost as if I have an obsession with them.

At this point, I am nurturing a small elderberry bush along so that we have one in our garden.

A healthy one that is (pun intended). Elderflowers have so many health benefits that I want to share them with you!

This post is a spring collaboration with some of my blogging friends. Please make sure to check out their links at the bottom of this post!!

What are Elderflowers?

Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of elderflowers before. Or you might have. As in St. Germain elderflower liqueur.

The common elderberry is a shrub or bush native to North America (Sambucus Nigra). These flowers turn into black berries later in the summer. Especially, in spring they can easily be identified by their white clusters of flowers.

elderflowers

They like to grow in part shade and in most soil conditions.

Why use elderflowers?

Elderflowers have traditionally been used by people all over the world.

They contain bioflavonoids that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-cancer properties.

Therefore, elderflowers are great for colds and flu, sinus infections, and other respiratory infections. This is in part due to their diaphoretic properties (warming the body).

They can alleviate some allergies and boost the immune system. Furthermore, they have diuretic and laxative properties.

The stems, leaves and roots are mildly toxic. Don’t worry if you ingest a few. However, if you eat them in larger quantities, they might cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and even coma.

How to use them?

Tea:

The simplest way to use elderflowers may be in teas. You can pick the clusters in the spring, and shake off the tiny flowers. They can either be used fresh or dried. Often people like to combine elderflowers with linden flowers and other herbs. This tea is perfect for when you’re dealing with a cold or sinus infection.

• 1 – 2 tsp fresh or dried elderflower petals

• 1 cup boiling water

Pour boiling water over the elderflowers and steep for 10 mins. If desired, you can add honey or your favorite sweetener.

elderflower tea

Elderflower Vinegar:

Elderflowers have a delicious, delicate taste that adds a nice flavor to vinegar. Simply add 16 – 20 elderflower clusters to 2 cups raw apple cider vinegar and let sit for at least 2 weeks.

Elderflower Syrup:

This syrup can be used as a base for lemonades, cordials, or other summer drinks.

Heat up 2 cups of sugar in 2 cups of water until dissolved. Let cool a bit and add the petals of about 15 elderflower clusters and 1 TBSP lemon juice or 1/4 tsp citric acid. Pour into a glas jar, cover and leave it in the refrigerator for about 5 days. Then strain and discard the petals. This syrup should last about a month tightly covered and refrigerated.

Here is a delicious adult way to use the elderflower syrup: https://livelaughrowe.com/hugo-cocktail-recipe/

Elderflower Fritters:

We love using elderflowers in these fritters!

Ingredients:

2 eggs
1 TBSP org, coconut palm sugar
1/2 cup milk of choice
1/2 beer
1 cup flour (I used spelt)
a pinch of salt
16 elderflower clusters
oil for frying (I like avocado oil)

Preparation:

In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour and salt. Add milk and beer. Separate the eggs and add the egg yolks to the flour mixture. Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gently fold into the batter.

dipping elderflowers in batter

Heat enough oil for frying. Dip the elderflower clusters in the batter and fry them until golden brown. You can serve them plain or with your favorite sweetener (wouldn’t elderberry jam be fantastic here? or maple syrup).

elderflower fritters

Add elderflowers to your favorite recipes:

You can get very creative here! Elderflowers compliment any recipe with lemon, mint, or vanilla.

So, you can toss a handful of elderflower petals into the batter for lemon muffins or a lemon cake.

If you’re making your own ice cream, you can toss them in there.

You can make a syrup as a base for jello. Once you start using elderflowers in recipes, you’ll find more ways to use them!

You might also like to check out my recipe for elderberry jam!

Have you used elderflowers? What are your favorite ways? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Here are my blogging friends’ posts:

Herbal Bath Salt Recipe: https://bumblebeeapothecary.com/herbal-bath-salts-recipe

Safe Store Bought Bug Spray: https://bewellhealthylife.com/safe-store-bought-bug-spray/

Trash to Treasure: DIY Fairy Garden: https://notyouraveragefox.com/trash-to-treasure-diy-fairy-garden/

How to Make a Spring Capsule Wardrobe: http://scribblesfromemily.com/2019/05/how-to-make-a-spring-capsule-wardrobe-in-4-steps.htm

Easy Fleece Camp Poncho for Kids: https://ouramyablefarmhouse.com/how-to-sew-camp-poncho-for-kids/

Back Porch Makeover: https://thisbeautifulfarmlife.com/back-porch-makeover/

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23 thoughts on “Why and How to Use Elderflowers”

  1. I love elderflower too but always seem to find them when they’re almost done flowering! Love all your ideas. Have you heard of making elderflower champagne? It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Thanks for the info!

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  3. I love elderflower anything! I always seem to miss the window though, to forage for these! They are so pretty and tasty. Maybe next spring!

  4. The elderberries I just planted last month are just blooming. I have 4 of them, I had to travel to the next state to buy them. Needless to say, I am excited. Great post. I have an elderberry post also, if you would like to share each other’s link, let me know? 🙂

    1. Yes! You can also just chop off a good branch from an existing plant and stick it in the ground (no joke, I have successfully done that!).

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