This is such a sweet little book with easy to follow recipes and very informative. It is not an in-depth book but a lovely taster which will make you want to learn more about the wonderful Elder!


Amazon Reviewer

I love this book! I am crazy about elderflowers and this little book is a trerrific resource! Why more words?

Kindle Customer

Amazon Reviewer

My go-to for Elderberries! We have had this book for several years now and I neglected to review! It is an excellent resource for elderberry fans. I’m harvesting again right now and refer to Ms. White book every year for recipes and inspiration. Excellent resource.

The Millers

Amazon Reviewer

The Little Book of Elder by Sarah PJ White


  • Introduction to Elder 2
  • What does Elder look like? 4
  • Is it at all poisonous? 5
  • Where can you pick Elder? 6
  • How do you dry Elderflowers? 6
  • How do you dry Elderberries? 6

Getting started 7

  • Recycling 7
  • Sterilising 8
  • Recipes – overview 8



  • Elderflower Tea 11
  • Elderflower (Still) Lemonade 12
  • Elderflower & Mint (Still) Lemonade 12
  • Elderflower Cordial 13
  • Elderberry Wine 14
  • Watermelon and Elderberry Wine 15
  • Elderflower Champagne 16

Edible Delights

  • Elderflower Mousse (quick version) 18
  • Elderflower Mousse 18
  • Strawberry and Elderflower Cream Dessert 19
  • Elderflower Fritters 19
  • Elder and Wine Jelly 20
  • Elderflower and Lime Jelly 20
  • Elderflower and Grape Jelly 20
  • Elder and Grapefruit Sorbet 21
  • Elderflower Ice Cream 21
  • Elderflower and Gooseberry Ice Cream 21
  • Elderflower and Summer Fruit Ice Cream 21
  • Elderberry Cake 22
  • Elderberry and Apple Pie 23
  • Citrus Fruit and Elderflower Marmalade 24
  • Elderberry Chutney 25
  • Elderberry and Apple Jam 26


  • Elderflower Infusion 28
  • Elderflower Water 28
  • Elderberry Cold and Flu Relief 29
  • Elderberry Syrup for Children’s Colds and Flu 30
  • Elderflower Tea 30
  • Elderflower and Peppermint Tea 30
  • Elderflower and Raspberry Tea 30
  • Elderflower Salve (quick version) 31
  • Elderflower Salve 31


  • Elderflower Cleanser 33
  • Elderflower and Milk Cleanser 33
  • Elderflower Water 34
  • Elderflower Toner 34
  • Elderflower Moisturiser 35
  • Elderflower Bath Sachets 35
  • Elderflower Bath Infusion 36
  • Elderflower Bath Gel 36


  • Elder Pesticide 38


Contact & Help 40

Useful Links 41

Books of Interest 42


Elderflower Cordial

This cordial is easy to make and absolutely gorgeous when diluted with sparkling spring water.

You will need:

30 fresh Elderflower heads, with the main stalks removed
2 oranges, roughly sliced
2 lemons, roughly sliced
1 lime, roughly sliced
75g citric acid (available from either a winemaking shop or your local chemist)
1.5 litres boiling water
1.8kg sugar (can use granulated or caster)
½ crushed Campden tablet (can be omitted – see below)


Place the water and sugar in a large pan and bring to the boil – stirring until the sugar is dissolved.
Add the orange, lemon and lime slices.
Stir in the citric acid – ensure it is totally dissolved.
Add the elder flower heads.
Cover and allow mixture to go completely cold.
Strain the mixture and add the Campden tablet.
Stir well and leave for 3-4 hours (stirring every hour to ensure Campden tablet has dissolved).
Pour into bottles.

Dilute to taste (at a ratio of 1:5).

This Cordial will keep for years if you are using the Campden tablet.  

If you are not going to use the Campden tablet, the Cordial will keep for several weeks in a fridge or you can store in plastic bottles in your freezer.

The Little Book of Elder by Sarah PJ White
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