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 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.