It’s often said that summer officially starts when the elderflower begins to bloom. Come June; you’ll be able to spot the delicate flowers in bloom and detect their sweet, heady scent. This botanical doesn’t just look good, though. It’s also used widely in the drinks industry to create a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages – as well as being added to cakes and bakes. Plus, it also holds many medicinal properties making it a key ingredient in many alternative health products.
The delicate flavour of the elderflower has been used in cordials since the Victorian times, where its subtle floral notes make for a refreshing and sophisticated drink. It has also become a trendy ingredient for artisan distilleries who use the frothy white flowers in their recipes for gin, vodka and even champagne. Unlike other herbs such as roses or honeysuckle, the taste is much fresher and softer and not so heavily perfumed.
Typically associated with the summer season, elderflower pairs beautifully with summer fruits like strawberries and raspberries. It is also an excellent choice to cut through tart ingredients like gooseberries and rhubarb. It can be used in multiple ways: mixed into cakes and bakes, added to tasty jams, or to flavour jellies.
The delicate blooms can also be used in alternative remedies. It has been known for maintaining healthy sinuses, as well as treating sinusitis when used in conjunction with gentian root, verbena and sorrel. This is thanks to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties – it has been used as a remedy for general cold and flu symptoms. It is rich in bioflavonoids – in particular, quercetin, isoquercitrin and anthocyanins. These give the flowers their antiviral and antibacterial action.
The elderflower has diuretic and laxative properties, as well as being thought to be a good immune booster. When used topically, it can help minimise both pain and swelling in the joints brought on by some forms of arthritis.
Only the elderflower should be consumed – as the leaves, twigs and roots of the elderflower plant can be toxic. The flowers can be safely processed into tinctures, concentrates, pills, capsules, teas and more.
For customers requiring large quantities of elderflower, you need a supplier you can trust. Joseph Flach & Sons have over 100 years of trading history and strong relationships with growers worldwide. We pride ourselves not only the quality of the botanicals we source but also the expert knowledge of our team.
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