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Elderflower Cordial | MAMANUSHKA
Foraging for Flowers in Green and Pleasant Pastures When I first moved to the UK, I was fascinated by all the chatter about elderflowers that took place each spring. When the season was starting, where to find it and what to do with it seemed perennial topics. I had never encountered elderflower in any form during my true 1980s Canadian childhood but the bottled supermarket cordial made an annual appearance at our British summer picnics and seemed nice enough. Fast forward a decade and, having picked my daughter up from school, we came upon a lovely elderberry bush studded with clusters of tiny white flowers just beginning to bloom. “Mama look! Elderflowers!” “Aren’t they lovely?” “Let’s pick some!” I was wary of this suggestion as they seemed a bit delicate to be placed in a vase and I genuinely had no idea what else we would do with them but my daughter is insistent: “Let’s pick some! We can make elderflower cordial – I know how!” “You do?” “Yes. Yes. I’ll show you. I made it at school.” And so, that is how I learned of my daughters initiation into the world of elderflower. She knew so much about …