Wildlife in my local patch

Hampshire UK


The hedgerows around us are currently decorated with the large heads of tiny cream flowers of the elder. The flower heads are full of pollen and make a yummy cordial drink.
Mum has given me this recipe for Elderflower Cordial that she has made for the last few years…
Recipe for Elderflower Cordial

  • 25 Elderflower heads
  • Juice and zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 box of Citric Acid
  • 2.5 pints of boiling water
  • 2 lbs sugar

In a large pan dissolve the sugar, lemon and citric acid in the boiling water. Shake out any bugs and quickly rinse the elderflower heads then add to the pan. Leave for a couple of days, enjoying the wonderful smell in your kitchen and then strain through a muslin into sterilised bottles (keeps best in the fridge).

Author: Jackson

Jackson is a young person with an active interest in natural history. He has been asked to be a Local Patch Reporter, writing a regular nature blog about the wildlife in his area for BBC Wildlife Magazine.

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