The Elderflower forms a genus of flowering plant in the family Adoxaceae, which also formerly had a place in the honeysuckle family. It now holds a new classification due to genetic evidence. The genus also contains approximately 30 different species and includes deciduous shrubs, small trees, and herbaceous perennial plants.
The Elderflower remains endemic to temperate to subtropical regions of the world. The plant appears more widespread in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, the occurrence remains restricted to parts of Australasia and South America. Many species also quickly became widely cultivated for their ornamental leaves, flowers, and fruit.
Elderflower Food and Beverage Uses
The flowers of the Elderflower get used to produce a drink called: Elderflower cordial. Many Europeans use it to produce a syrup made from an extract of the blossoms. Yet they also add this to Palatschinken filling, instead of blueberries. Furthermore, in the United States, many people use this French syrup to make Elderflower marshmallows. A liquor known as St. Germain gets made in France, from the Elderflower.
Hallands Fläder, a Swedish akvavit, owes its flavor to the Elderflower. In Germany, people make yogurt desserts with both the berries and the flowers. Some people produce wines, Cordials, and marmalade from the berries or flowers. Fruit pies and relishes also come produced with these berries. In Italy (especially in Piedmont), Germany and Austria, the umbels of the Elderberry sometimes become batter coated. Then they get fried and served as a dessert or a sweet lunch with a sugar and cinnamon topping. This the locals call “Hollerküchel”.
Elderflower Medicinal Uses
The variety known as Black Elderberry has medicinal uses and has for hundreds of years. Some preliminary studies show promising results. Elderberry appears to have a measurable effect in treating the flu and alleviating allergies. It also seems to serve to boost overall respiratory health. Many often use it in traditional Chinese Medicine. In that practice it becomes dissolved in wine, to treat rheumatism and traumatic injury.