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The Hedgerow Herb: European Elder
The Hedgerow Herb: European Elder

Most of us have either heard of, or sampled elderberry wine at some point. Monty Python fans might recall the hilarious but nonsensical insult slung to King Arthur by the French soldier, who sorely lacked command of the English language: “Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries.” What he actually intended to convey is anyone’s guess, but the odd idiom is evidence that the juicy fruit was well known to the non-tea-totaling set in Europe, at least in England and France.

Ah…but there is so much more to the European elder than fruit and farce...
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elder flower a plant for all seasons

The versatility of elder makes this plant an herb for all seasons. In winter, we benefit from restorative teas made from the dried elderberries and elder flowers. In summer, the fresh (or dried) drupes are baked into pies or made into conserve or jam. Elder flowers yield their fragrance and gentle cleansing properties to personal care products, like soaps and creams.

However you choose to use European elder, be sure to celebrate your creations with friends and family, at the same time passing your knowledge of elder’s mythical and magical qualities to the next generation of herbal enthusiasts.

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