Elderflowers are out! Time for foraging and fritters!

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Elderflowers are out! Time for foraging and fritters!

Post: # 55892Post Bexz
Tue May 01, 2007 10:58 am

Yup on Sunday afternoon we went for a woodland walk and were really suprised to see loads of elderflowers! (Especially after my comment on here the day before saying I couldn't wait for them to come out! lol)

So we picked some and had elderflower fritters and elderflower pancakes for pudding on Sunday night.

Lovely!

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Post: # 55894Post Shirley
Tue May 01, 2007 11:11 am

Not out up here yet - I can't wait for them either.

Got hawthorn in blossom in Alford though - think that's early!
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Post: # 55898Post red
Tue May 01, 2007 11:51 am

not out here either

lots of hawthorn though.
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Tue May 01, 2007 12:21 pm

Would someone please be able to tell me what they look like as I have seen something that sort of resembles (I think) but not sure. Don't want to poison myself!

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Post: # 55937Post Bexz
Tue May 01, 2007 6:17 pm

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They smell sweet and almost like a floral ice cream soda lol

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Post: # 55963Post red
Tue May 01, 2007 11:24 pm

pick em on a sunny day for best flavour. and dont keep them hanging around or they begin to smell of cat pee.....
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Post: # 55992Post revdode
Wed May 02, 2007 7:22 am

I was out on my bike last night and noticed some elderflowers, it was in a sheltered spot but all the same elderflower at the start of May in the middle of Scotland!

The Hawthorn was also lovely, the midges less so.

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Post: # 56005Post Bexz
Wed May 02, 2007 9:45 am

I know it is mad isn't it, everything is so early this year.

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Wed May 02, 2007 11:22 am

oooh thank you! Will have to go for a looksy now!

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Wed May 02, 2007 1:10 pm

Not seen any down here in Bristol yet, even so that is about a month earlier than usual. :shock:
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Post: # 56043Post Shirley
Wed May 02, 2007 2:51 pm

revdode wrote:I was out on my bike last night and noticed some elderflowers, it was in a sheltered spot but all the same elderflower at the start of May in the middle of Scotland!

The Hawthorn was also lovely, the midges less so.
Whereabouts in Scotland are you Revdode?
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Post: # 56048Post Cassiepod
Wed May 02, 2007 3:17 pm

I saw some elder trees on walk the other night and they're not ready by Banchory yet Shirlz! However we do have th trees and I will have to look out some recipes :cheers:

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Post: # 56050Post the.fee.fairy
Wed May 02, 2007 3:23 pm

Not out yet here. I've got a couple of nice elder trees near me, and i#m eagerly awaitng flowers and berries this year - now that i have an idea of what to do with them!!

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Post: # 56056Post Shirley
Wed May 02, 2007 4:22 pm

Cassiepod wrote:I saw some elder trees on walk the other night and they're not ready by Banchory yet Shirlz! However we do have th trees and I will have to look out some recipes :cheers:
YAY - I know that there are loads where we got our elderberries from last year but that's a fair drive from here.

I want some elder trees in my woodland bit - must try and get some.
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Post: # 56057Post Thomzo
Wed May 02, 2007 4:25 pm

Hi Shirlz
Be a little careful as they can get a bit invasive. Kept under control though, they really attract the birds. You can get some now with very pretty purple flowers but I can't remember if they are edible or not.

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