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    Default Elderflower alert folks!!!!



    Time to locate elderflower blossom....it's almost that time again!

    My black elderflower is absolutely covered in pink flower heads this year-just about to open!
    Exciting times!

    This is the recipe I use-but use baking yeast cos I've not got champagne yeast!
    https://www.rivercottage.net/recipes...derflower-wine
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    Thank you Nicos. Do we wait for the flowers to fully open?

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    Yup....it's the pollen which gives the scent/flavour.
    Too soon and there's no pollen, too late and it smells like cat pee!

    Just look for the amount of pollen
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    Here's a good link for ID..
    https://stayandroam.blog/how-to-identify-elderflower/

    **Remember...if in doubt, don't use it! ( there are a few other shrubs/flowers which look similar
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    Rare plant up here, none in our village sadly
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    Quote Originally Posted by burnie View Post
    Rare plant up here, none in our village sadly
    Reading this thread gives me an idea. I’m guessing elderflower is a plant you forage rather than grow in your garden? In which case, would sewing a few seeds here and there (like the birds do) be out of the question / legal? Maybe in a park, a woodland, or next to a derelict building? Then you wouldn’t have to be sad..
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    Quote Originally Posted by mysteryduck View Post
    Reading this thread gives me an idea. I’m guessing elderflower is a plant you forage rather than grow in your garden? In which case, would sewing a few seeds here and there (like the birds do) be out of the question / legal? Maybe in a park, a woodland, or next to a derelict building? Then you wouldn’t have to be sad..
    It's a tree.
    I've got 2 in my veggie garden. Still very tight buds on mine. Another couple weeks, I think.
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    The blossom is very strongly out in London - and lots of it this year. Am going foraging on the weekend.
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