elderberry

(redirected from Elderflower)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.

elderberry

1. the berry-like fruit of the elder, used for making wines, jellies, etc.
2. another name for elder
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Enlarge picture
elderberry

elderberry

Used in herbal medicine since Hippocrates. Grows to 30 ft tall (10m) Very popular in the health food industry. The berries don't taste great, but they can be used in smoothies or juiced. They are a no-care plant. The flowers and berry fruits are edible, the rest is too toxic for most people. Only eat ripe berries and flowers. Never eat bark, leaves or unripe berries. Pointy folded leaves, opposite, 5-9 at a time, white 5- petal flowers in umbrella clusters, which later become black or blue shiny berries, which can be eaten raw or cooked when ripe. Some people get nauseous after eating them (cooked or raw) so a rumor started they were poisonous. They aren’t. Depends on the person and how healthy they are. Some say cooking the berries makes them less toxic. But one thing is agreed among almost everyone- elderberries contain lots of great medicinal power. They’ve been used historically for everything from arthritis to asthma to colds, flu, yeast, nasal congestion, hay fever, tonsillitis, infections, and now anti-aging because of the anthocyanins they contain.. Good for flu and viruses because it stimulates immune system while enhancing white blood cell activity and inhibit viral replication. The little creamy white flowers and ripe berry fruits are edible (cooked), the rest is toxic. Do not eat the leaves and twigs, which smell bad when crushed. The dark purple, blue or black berries have 3 seeds and taste funky when ripe, but taste better when dried. Bark tea used as external wash for skin problems. Red elderberries MUST be cooked first, they are more toxic and taste terrible. Sometimes they grow next to each other, so be careful not to confuse elderberry plants with poison or water hemlock, which have multi-umbrella flower clusters, elderberry has one. Water hemlock leaves are smaller and the plant stems are hollow (elderberry stems are pithy). Water hemlock is a herb-like plant while elderberry is a heavy duty bush.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz
References in periodicals archive ?
| Add 20 or so heads of elderflower, making sure the flowers face downwards in the sugar water, cover and leave to steep overnight, or for up to 24 hours.
Remove the elderflower custards from the fridge and arrange the strawberries equally on top of them.
1 Pour the elderflower cordial, elderflower liqueur, gin and a large handful of ice cubes into a large jug.
Asheville Tea's 2019 iced tea seasonal releases include: Elderflower Rose, a blend of blooms with elderflower, rose petals, lemon balm, lemon peel and nettle; Lavender Limoncello, a bLend of lemon verbena, lavender, Lemon peel, lemon basil, juniper berry and purple shiso; Blue Mint, a colourful blend of blue butterfly pea flower, peppermint, lemongrass and blue cornflower; and Hibiscus Mojito, a botanical blend of hibiscus, mojito mint, peppermint and lime basil." It's a lot of fun to work with local healthful herbs like this to bring a splash of colour and vibrancy to our blends, without any artificial ingredients," Dean said.
FLOWER CAKE INGREDIENTS (Serves 10) 170g (6oz) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the tin; 140g (5oz) golden caster (superfine) sugar; 120g (41/4oz ) elderflower cordial; 170g (6oz) white spelt flour; 2tsp baking powder; 3 eggs; 350g (12oz) double (heavy) cream; 125g (41/2oz) rose petal jelly, or strawberry jam; Edible flowers and petals, to decorate (optional)
It was designed by Claire Ptak and features elderflower syrup made at The Queen's residence in Sandringham from the estate's own elderflower trees, as well as a light sponge cake uniquely formulated for the couple.
elderflower, lemon and poppy seed layered cake INGREDIENTS (Serves about 40) For the cake: 10 medium free range eggs; 600g unsalted butter, softened; 600g caster sugar; 600g self-raising flour; finely grated zest 3 lemons; 50g poppy seeds; 3tbsp Belvoir Elderflower Cordial For the icing: 500g unsalted butter, softened; 1kg icing sugar, sifted; 3tbsp Belvoir Elderflower Cordial; 1 tbsp hot water To decorate: A handful of rose petals; 1 egg white, lightly beaten; caster sugar; 4 dowel rods; a16cm-wide thin cakeboard METHOD 1.
Queen Elizabeth II's first cousin, Lady Elizabeth Anson, recently warned Meghan Markle and Prince Harry regarding their elderflower cake.
Although Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who marry on Saturday, May 19, are having an elderflower cake, Parc Lane will be battering and frying fruit cake to celebrate the occasion.
All we know is American expat Claire Ptak, owner of Violet bakery in London, is making a lemon elderflower cake that will be decorated with buttercream and fresh flowers.