You can make so many amazing things with Elder flower. These ice lollies are perfect for a hot day. I have some ice lolly moulds but if you don’t you could use glasses or old yoghurt pots with plastic spoons for the handle.
Make sure with have enough room in your freezer to freeze these after you are done.
Elder flower from the Elder tree which also gives us Elder berries later on in the year. The tree is aptly and officially named Sambucus meaning a “gift from the gods”.
Elderflower is an amazing plant and has so many health benefits – it is a diuretic, laxative, antispetic, antiviral and also has anti-inflammatory properties.
The flowers are known for their high antioxidant content and Vitamin C which is great for boosting your immune system.The Elderflower also helps with fighting flu and respiratory problems.
Elderflower contain tannins that help to dry up runny eyes and runny noses. So it is great for reducing inflammation and irritation.
Elderflowers have relaxing properties. It can help to soothe nerves and anxiety and may assist in reducing symptoms of depression.
An all around amazing plant that has been used worldwide for centuries. It is so versatile too.
Cordials, champagne, cake, biscuits and ice lollies to name just a few. I have got lots of recipes to share with you. Check out my you tube video for help on the identification. It is important you get the right plant as there are some poisonous lookalikes.
To make Elderflower Lollies you will need
10-15 elder flower heads
1kg or sugar
1 litre of water
An Orange (or lemon)
A few sprigs of lemon balm (optional)
Add the sugar and water to a pan. Heat until all the sugar is dissolved. Add the elderflower heads and the chopped orange and lemon balm into the pan for 5 minutes.
Place all the contents of the pan into a jar. Put a lid on and leave the mixture to infuse overnight. The next day strain the elderflowers out using a Muslin cloth.
Pour your elderflower concoction into the lolly moulds and leave to freeze. Once they have frozen you can enjoy them in the sun.
With the rest of your elderflower concoction- add it to a pan and heat slowly, allowing it to simmer whilst stirring until you get a syrup. This can take a while. This will leave you with an elderflower syrup that you can use for many other recipes as well as for a cordial.
You can use the syrup to make ice
cream, scones, biscuits or buns. See my other blogs for the recipe.
I hope you enjoy the recipe. Let me know if you make it.