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homemade elderflower syrup

It's Summertime and there are plenty of Elderflowers in bloom. Seems like the perfect time to make some homemade Elderflower syrup.
ingredients

makes around 1 ltr of syrup

  • 3 cups castor sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp food-grade citric acid
  • 20 big elderflower heads the more you use the stronger it will be!
  • 1 lemon, cut into thin slices
  • 1 beautiful bottle to store it in
method
  1. Gently shake the elderflowers you have collected to free any unwanted insects.
  2. Trim the elderflower stems, leaving only the flower heads.
  3. Combine sugar, water, and citric acid in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and allow the syrup to cool to room temperature.
  4. Arrange the elderflower blossoms and the lemon slices in a large glass jar that will hold around 1 ltr of liquid.
  5. Pour the syrup into the jar with the elderflower blossoms and lemon. Make sure that the blossoms are immersed in the syrup. Cover the jar with a lid and let it steep in the fridge for 48 hours, stirring the syrup once daily.
  6. Strain the syrup through a fine-meshed sieve lined with a cheesecloth into a clean glass bottle.
  7. Bottle the syrup using a screw top. The syrup keeps well when stored in a cool dark place. Once opened, store in the fridge.

elderflower benefits

Elderflower contains the powerful antioxidant quercetin which is beneficial for protecting the body from inflammation and the heart from oxidative stress. The elderflower has also been shown the potential to reduce harmful cholesterol levels. Combined with the antioxidant vitamin C which supports the health of your skin, blood vessels this flower packs a punch.

harvesting flowers

Go for a walk on a sunny day when the flowers are covered in yellow pollen and smell fresh. Be careful not to pick any leaves or branches as they are poisonous.

research
  1. Viapiana, Agnieszka, and Marek Wesolowski. “The Phenolic Contents and Antioxidant Activities of Infusions of Sambucus nigra L.” Plant foods for human nutrition (Dordrecht, Netherlands) vol. 72,1 (2017): 82-87. doi:10.1007/s11130-016-0594-x
  2. Ho, Giang Thanh Thi et al. “Elderberry and Elderflower Extracts, Phenolic Compounds, and Metabolites and Their Effect on Complement, RAW 264.7 Macrophages and Dendritic Cells.” International journal of molecular sciences vol. 18,3 584. 8 Mar. 2017, doi:10.3390/ijms18030584
  3. Murkovic, M et al. “Effects of elderberry juice on fasting and postprandial serum lipids and low-density lipoprotein oxidation in healthy volunteers: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study.” European journal of clinical nutrition vol. 58,2 (2004): 244-9. doi:10.1038/sj.ejcn.1601773

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