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Summer Elderflower Recipes


It's the season for enjoying the subtle, fragrant flavor of the elderflower. The Guardian's Yotam Ottelenghi shares his recipes for enjoying this lovely white flower this summer. They span from delicacies -- tempura elderflower with creme fraiche ice-cream -- to dinnertime delights, like roast pork loin with celeriac and elderflower mash.

The simplest suggestion is one you may not have thought of -- pickled elderflower:

Elderflower pickle
Fills one 325ml jam jar.
50g elderflowers (18 heads)
200ml red-wine vinegar
1 tbsp caster sugar
¼ tsp salt
10 black peppercorns
Rinse the elderflowers gently to get rid of any insects and press into the jam jar. Pour over the vinegar, add the sugar, salt and peppercorns. Seal the jar and put it in a large sauce pan filled with cold water. On a high heat, bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and leave to simmer for seven minutes. Remove the jar from the pan and set aside somewhere cool and dark for at least three weeks before using.

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