Enjoy late spring with elderberry recipes

By Tom Havran

Late spring is elderflower season! The frothy white panicles of flowers are showing up in waysides, fencerows and wild areas all over the state. Get them while you can and savor their heady lychee/pear/peach aroma and flavor. If you miss the elderflowers, don’t despair — the berries are soon to follow.


You should only eat the flowers and berries of elder plants.

Forage for flowers and berries only in natural areas, ask landowner permission and make sure the area has not been sprayed with pesticides or herbicides. (Note: You should not eat elder stems and leaves.)

Below are a few of my favorite elderflower and elderberry recipes. Enjoy! Continue reading