Elderflowers

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Post: #21257 grahoom
Mon May 29, 2006 3:20 pm

Boots wrote:Hey Grahoom,
If you get a chance check out Andy and Dave's mushroom hunting episode. He has a link on his posts.

Have a feeling you might enjoy it.


cheers boots, i had a look at the video clip, made me chuckle!. nice one andy and dave!

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Post: #21442 hedgewizard
Wed May 31, 2006 11:08 pm

I'm not going to be in a position to do anything except fritters with the elderflowers this year... boo! I do have 5 gal elderflower wine ready from the year before last though. :mrgreen:

I read in Plants for a Future that planting a single American elderflower in the UK will give you flowers all summer long since there's nothing around to fertilise it. Anyone verify this? It kind of appeals... :drunken:

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Post: #21975 Aberlemno
Mon Jun 05, 2006 6:14 pm

I forgot to mention, you add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to the hand cream and mix it in well before you pot it - otherwise it smells just like last Sunday's roast! Oh, and don't leave it until the flowers yellow, as it reeks then (cat pee, as someone said).

Our Elder here is just about to come into flower, but I drove to Essex & back last weekend, and there was masses out in England, especially in Wiltshire - we stopped at Avebury and I was tempted to bring some back with me, but it'll be out here in a day or so.
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Post: #22325 Rich
Thu Jun 08, 2006 8:55 am

hedgewizard wrote:It's fairly distinctive... check this link out. As a final check the flowers are quite aromatic. Once they start to dry out a bit they smell like cat pee! (but that smell disappears when you cook or process them)


thanks for that.. I think I did actually get the right thing, but stupidly picked form one on a very busy road, which may account for the nasty taste.. will try and locate some un polluted ones this year

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Post: #22452 hedgewizard
Fri Jun 09, 2006 11:32 am

Yep, very big surface area on elderflowers to hold nasty chems on. Also if there's any signs of them "going over" (browning, drying out etc) leave them alone. Happy hunting!


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