Tim, that sounds amazing. I’ll have to get my hands on some elderflowers…
Do you have any general tips for deep-frying things? I’ve never done it before, and I know it’s not that big a deal, but I still have horrible visions of starting a grease fire and burning my apartment to cinders.
Ooh, these look delicious. I keep hearing about elderflower fritters this year! We have elderflowers in the garden, and I made some cordial and champagne a few weeks ago. If there are any flowers left I’m going to have to try this!
Elderflowers remind me of summers in London. I love how dainty the elderflower fritters are. They almost look like pretty little doilies. This would make an elegent wedding dessert. They just look so romantic.
I love this! I keep reading about elderflower and I have never seen this plant/flower. I needed some elderflower liqueur for a rhubarb/sabayon that I made a few months back. That was the first I had come across this. Your fritters do look delicious and I do love saying the word…fritter.
Well, that’s it. I’ve always been afraid to fry elderflowers and only recently attempted cordial, but I think it’s the photos that sold me. Next year I will tromp around my yard and fritter some time away on loveliness….
this is what wikipedia says:
The leaves, twigs, branches, seeds and roots contain a cyanide-inducing glycoside (a glycoside which gives rise to cyanide as the metabolism processes it). Ingesting any of these parts in sufficient quantity can cause a toxic build up of cyanide in the body.
Due to the possibility of cyanide poisoning, children should be discouraged from making whistles, slingshots or other toys from elderberry wood. In addition, “herbal teas” made with elderberry leaves (which contain cyanogenic glycosides) should be treated with high caution. However, ripe berries (pulp and skin) are safe to eat.
Hi Laura- Again, if anyone is concerned about eating elderflowers- don’t do it. I am not concerned, and will continue to do so. I can’t imagine anyone eating so many elderflower fritters that they build up cyanide in their system. It isn’t an everyday food. Also, for the record, that Wikipedia article is not sourced very well and goes on to say that the flowers can be made into fritters and cordial. And again, like many before me, I have survived elderflowers. ; )