A sunday walk, a bit of patience, no chemicals, no preservatives… Tadaaaa, easy game !
Elderflowers are everywhere in Brussels in June and July and this is defintely an opportunity to seize.
But, there are rules… Harvesting is not allowed in protected areas (like in forêt de soigne for example) and in the appropriate areas we can only harvest what we need for a recipe based on a personal and normal consumption. In other words, if you feel like selling this little treasure in a bottle, plant your own elderberry trees and take care of it ! (and for planting and harvesting information in french click here or go to the french version of this article)
Ingredients (for 1 litre) :
I think next time I’ll try to reduce sugar to 550g, I’ll update this recipe based on the result of this experiment.
- 7 umbel (without the bigger branches)
- 2 lemons
- 750 g sugar
- 0,5 l water
- Pick flowers without shaking or rinsing them with water.
- Cut branches but keep stems.
- Place flowers in water and let stand for 18 hours.
- Filter and add lemon juice.
- With a funnel, place sugar inside the botlle (1l), followed by liquid (lemon and elderflower “water”).
- Put the lid on the bottle and turn over several times to mix sugar (do it regularly the first 24 hours until you can only see liquid).
- Keep in the fridge and serve fresh together with water, sparkling water, white wine, sparkling white wine, gin… Be creative !
And because it’s important, please note that I didn’t invent anything here, this recipe has been shared with me at the Brussels environnement festival during a workshop at the Tournesol association (asbl) booth. A huge thank you to them.
And next year… Elderflower CHAMPAGNE ! Yay !