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Elderflower Syrup Recipe

Behold the elderflower.

Wild elderflowers and meyer lemons from Loreen's Santa Cruz garden

Wild elderflowers and meyer lemons from Loreen’s Santa Cruz garden

The elderflower bushes around the Oakland Hills are coming into their second bloom. You can find elderflower bushes all over the Bay Area. They grow wild up in the hills or by the roadside. I harvested for my batch of elderflower syrup in early May, and now they are blossoming again!

In my childhood, every Swedish household had syrups on hand. Grocery stores carry them in an abundant variety of fruit flavors, with the most popular ones being strawberry and raspberry. It is enjoyed simply diluted in tap water as a thirst quencher or, if you want to get fancy, added to a glass of sparkling water.

Scandinavians love to forage, can and preserve at any opportunity, so when elderflowers blossom, it’s time to make Elderflower Syrup. They are harvested from your garden tree, combined with lemon and sugar and left to to marry for a couple of days and then, voilá! You have an elegant, organic and delicious libation enhancer for any occasion.

Sparkling elderflower drink

Sparkling elderflower drink

NOTE that all parts of the Elderflower tree, EXCEPT for flowers and ripe(only ripe) berries are poisonous. The stems of the flower clusters you harvest are ok.

What follows is a tried and true recipe. I have trialed the errors for you! I am warning you – there are recipes from trusted sources(like best seller cookbooks) floating around, that will call for 50g (1 3/4 oz) of citric acid. That is a copious amount. Whatever you do, do not add more than maaaybe 1/2 teaspoon, or your syrup will be undrinkable. It can actually be omitted completely.

 

E L D E R F L O W E R  S Y R U P  R E C I P E

I N G R E D I E N T S:

30 clusters of elderflowers

3 medium size lemons(washed in warm water)

1 1/2 L (6 1/3 cups) water

1.8 kg (9 cups) granulated sugar

(1/2 teaspoon citric acid)

Start heating up the water on high heat. Then, make sure that most of the tiny little black beetles have flown off of your elderflowers. Place them in a bowl large enough to hold all of the syrup you will be making. Peel the lemons with a peeler(save peels), clean off the pith and slice the lemons thinly. Put peels and slices in with the elderflowers. When the water has come to a boil, turn the heat off and add all of the sugar and the citric acid. Let dissolve, and pour the mixture over the elderflowers and lemon. Cover, and let sit in room temp for 3 days. Pour the syrup through sieve covered with cheese cloth, and bottle.

The bottles need to be refrigerated, and least for a month or so. I pour my syrup into big tupperware and store it in the freezer. The syrup never freezes completely, so you can just scoop some out as you need it. It lasts in the freezer until you go to make next years batch!

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Maria Simonson Cloudberry And Moss

Hello, to all prospective readers out there. My name is Maria, I have just moved in here and I am new to the area. I’m learning the format of this blog as I go. I have just finished writing an “about me” page, and I am now ready to start nesting! I will be writing about all things important to me, and I think to some of you as well.

These are some key things that are good to know about me:

  • I am Swedish but moved to Oakland, across the bay from San Francisco in 2003. I live here, in an 1930’s apartment  with my daughter Lilian.
  • I grew up on a fjord dividing Sweden and Norway, in the middle of a forest, and I am, at heart, a forest creature.

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My feature in GIFTWARE NEWS!

A few months ago I had some people promoting my jewelry. The made a press release with a photo that I had professionally taken be Peter Medilek – an awesome freelance photographer out of Berkeley, Ca.

The photo was picked up by a journalist from Giftware News, who was writing an article on sustainable and eco-friendly jewelry, and next thing I know, I’m featured in the article!

Except for the great feeling of having tens of thousands of people reading the article, I’m hoping that the exposure will generate some sales too. Happy me!