Fried Elderflowers (Litha)
Only pick elderflowers that have fully opened (as the flavour is mostly provided by the pollen). If the flowers have begun to turn brown then don't pick them as they have been fertilized and won't have any pollen.
Want to scare your friends, invite them over, say something like we should cook something, clip these from your tree and start preparing this recipe without them knowing you know what you are doing.
A great dish to bring to any Litha celebration.
Magical Attributes: Protection from Faery folk, trust, beauty, energy for attraction, & magical ambience. Can also be eaten on Lammas, St. Valentines Day, all Hallow's
Health Benefits are stimulates circulation, sooths respitory system, rheumatic problems, imflamation, herpes simplex, reduces fevers, and boosts immune system.
How to Make Fried Elderflowers (Litha)
- Put oil in a deep fryer or heavy sauce pan. Heat the oil until almost smoking (at which point it's ready to use). Meanwhile make the batter by beating the egg and adding the iced water. Slowly sift the salt and flour into the egg and water mixture, beating vigourously with a whisk to ensure there are no lumps (this is basically a light tempura batter).
- Dip the elderflower heads into the batter (two or three at a time) and immediately add to the hot oil. Cook until the batter turns a golden brown then remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a piece of kitchen towel. Sprinkle with sugar or drizzle with maple syrup and serve hot.