On a recent trip to the supermarket, I stumbled across the loveliest beverage, Elderflower Cordial! Made from elder flowers that bloom on elder shrubs, Latin name Sambucus Nigra, this delightful little flower is not only beautiful to look at, but it also packs some serious health benefits and flavor.
The elder shrub, native to Europe, is now grown worldwide. It produces dark purple, blue and black berries, which can be eaten when fully ripe and fully cooked. (DO NOT eat before fully ripe and cooked- somewhat poisonous). Black elderberry extract has been proven to be an effective treatment for Influenza B. The flowers, which bloom from early to late summer, can be used as a herbal tea to reduce colds and flu like symptoms. Other health benefits include increased metabolism, healthier skin, and a stronger immune system.
If flavour is what you are looking for, Elderflower Cordial is what you want. This delicious drink has a light, refreshing taste and a scent that reminds you of lychee and sweet summer days. The best part- it is so simple to make at home!
Here is an Easy Elder Flower Cordial recipe with great reviews!
Want to try the recipe but don’t have the shrub? Visit your local greenhouse which will carry a variety of elder shrubs. I have already pre-ordered one and can’t wait to have these whimsical white flowers blooming in my garden.