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Information on, uses of and how to grow elder:
The Elder has long been highly regarded by herbalists because of its
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How to grow
The elder would take a long time to grow from seed. the quickest
method is to take cuttings from leafless shoots. having said this if you have an
elder in the garden they tend to seed in the most unlikely places.
Elder likes a sunny, moist place but will thrive in any good garden soil.
Elder is a tree which has big whorls of creamy white pungent flowers, followed by dark black blue berries.
The blossom and berries make very good wine and non-alcoholic
can be made from the blossom. A whole elderflower can be
made into a fragrant fritter and the flowers can be put into apple tarts and as
a substitute for currants in other puddings. A syrup made from elderberries
relieves coughing and hot elderflower tea makes a soothing nightcap. An infusion
of elderflowers is very good as a softener and cleanser for the skin. A compress
made from the infusion is said to be good for wrinkles, sunburn and freckles.
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I've been making elderflower syrup for the past few years from the trees that grow in my yard in Ireland. My favorite way to use it is in some Prosecco to make an elderflower Bellini summer in a glass. I also made a syrup from the elderberries last autumn for the first time, which was lovely too. I love how versatile syrups are.