Best time to travel to England

Elderflowers

Native to Britain, elder trees steeped in mystery and superstition were even referred to as a panacea: it's believed that the elderflower prolongs life!

Elderflowers in England - Best Time
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Tony Hisgett

The flowering of elder trees in England is a sign that summer has come, the most beautiful season in the country. In ancient times, it was believed that this tree repelled evil spirits. But now the flowers of the elder tree are used in preparing wonderful lemonades, wines, vinegar, and confitures; expert chefs even fry them in cheese batter and add as spices.

Elderflower Esprit
Elderflower Esprit
Making elderflower syrup
Making elderflower syrup

Elderflower water is a great flower lemonade, natural and without sweeteners. The taste is very difficult to describe, one can say it has a blooming freshness of the summer glade. This is the drink of a true lady! Englishmen also make a delicious aromatic wine from elderflowers. For several centuries there has been a society of wine lovers making it from the black elderberry. Ederflower infusion has been used in domestic medicine as a good old-fashioned remedy for colds and throat trouble. In the Middle Ages, elderberries were used as a dye for fabrics and hair.

Elderflowers in England - Best Season
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