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Using Taraloka Resources: Elderflower

On Tue, 13 June, 2017 - 14:44
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Our wonderful gardener (as well as Retreat Leader) Suchitta manages the Gardens, not only beautifully, but also resourcefully. At the back of the community she is growing potatoes, garlic and rhubarb, and near the Retreat centre shrine room grows Elderflower. For the Open afternoon Momtaz and I made some Elderflower cordial to share some of the resources from the Taraloka Gardens.

Elderflower cordial is very easy to make and has a sweet and refreshingly cool taste. We gathered about 40 elderflower heads, thinly sliced 3 lemons and 3 oranges, with 600g of sugar (you can add more if you wish) and mixed all the ingredients together in 3 litres of boiling water. We left the mixture to steep for 24 hours in the fridge before straining the liquid through a muslin cloth into serving jugs, and diluting 1 part cordial to 2 parts water.

Elderflowers are sweetly scented umbrellas of tiny creamy white flowers, they grow in abundance and can be found in woodlands and hedgerows across the country. If you would like to have a go at making your own at home, June and July are prime Elderflower picking times.

Written by Catherine Ward

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