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Elderflower Cordial, elderflower champagne and elderflower wine – Andy Hamilton

June 1, 2014 // 16 Comments

A spray of elderflower As elderflower season is at its height it seems like a good time to re-post Andy’s recipes for Elderflower cordial, Elderflower Champagne, and Elderflower wine For any problems with elderflower champagne please see Andy’s other site. Elderflower Cordial An easy to make drink that can be frozen in plastic bottles, leaving room for expansion, so it can be enjoyed [...]

Elder Folklore and Growing

June 27, 2013 // 3 Comments

Just as the end of summer is marked by elderberries, the start of summer is always marked by the blossoming of the Elder-tree (Sambucus nigra).  In this article we cover elder folklore and growing tips for this popular shrub. If you want to see some recipes of how to make such as elderflower champagne, elderflower cordial, elderflower wine and elderflower fritters then have a look in the wild [...]

Wild food in May – Late Spring Foraging – Food for free in May – Andy Hamilton

May 1, 2010 // 3 Comments

Andy Hamilton “Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree with leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its gay attire.” –   Virgil May certainly feels like the time when England has put its party clothes on with so many tree and plants in blossom. I think that May feels like that excitement before a party, the weather is hotting up, it [...]