Is my elder a rowan?

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Re: Is my elder a rowan?

Post: #262368 Millymollymandy
Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:32 pm

Elder!
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Re: Is my elder a rowan?

Post: #262377 Povester
Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:08 pm

Thanks so much for all the positive replies on the elder front. I gathered together my cordial making ingredients and waited for a dry spell to harvest the flowers. This small window of opportunity came this morning (clouds are gathering again now) so I bunged the flowerheads in with the fruit rind and boiling water. It smells disgusting! Is this normal??

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Re: Is my elder a rowan?

Post: #262378 MKG
Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:14 pm

Can't help there, Povester. The smell (and taste) of elderflowers or anything made from elderflowers makes my stomach churn at the best of times. But then I'm an extremist who would make picking elderflowers illegal as it lessens the harvest of the real stuff - elderberries.

On the other hand, I believe that it's said in the books of lore that the initial treatment of elderflowers is a pretty stinky process. Either that or you have the legendary "cat's pee" flowers.

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Re: Is my elder a rowan?

Post: #264477 Povester
Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:20 am

It was an elder, I am very pleased. Thanks to all you experts out there who helped identify it.

We made some elderflower champagne from this recipe:

http://www.farminmypocket.co.uk/growing ... gne-recipe

Its still fermenting, has taken weeks to get started but seems to be going now so I'll let you know how it tastes.

Cheers, all.


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