a few weeks was the elderberry full in bloom, so i picked a few blossoms
and have made a syrup for the winter.
For the elderflower-blossom syrup you will need:
20 elderflower ( nice big heads) gently shake of any insects and trim
any excess branches/leaves
1,8 liters water
60 gr citric acid
Bring the sugar and water to boil,stirring occasionally to dissolve.
Once cooled,pour the sugar-water and all the other ingredients
into a big bowl and cover, let it stand for 36-48 hours,
Then remove elderflowers and lemons,strain the water a few time
(if you have a cheese cloth it will help)
Pour the syrup into a pot and cook for 3-5 minutes.
Then pour the liquid into clean sterilized glass bottles.
To serve pour 3 tablespoon of syrup into a glass and add water,selters or champagne.
Lemon Balm Syrup
you will need:
many lemon balm leaves( four handfull or more)
2 liters water
40 gr citric acid
follow the instruction from the Elderflower-Syrup.
Also can you make a vinegar with lemon balm
fill a jar about 3/4 full with fresh leaves.
Cover with apple cider vinegar.Cup with a non-metallic lid
and let steep in a cool dark place for a few weeks.
Strain and use as a hair wash or add to your bath water.
You can also use this in food dishes and salad dressing
instead of plain vinegar
Lemon Balm Pesto
For the Lemon Balm Pesto you will need:
2 cups fresh lemon balm,
1/2 cup extra - virgin olive oil
3-4 gloves garlic
Blend all ingredients together in a food processor until chunky not to
I use it for broiled or grilled fish or chicken or as traditional pesto
over noodles.It taste really good!!
The leaves of lemon balm can you use as lemon peel.
With the stems of lemon balm can you make a tea.
cut the stalk small,fill they in a tea cup,pour hot water over it.
Kitchen Spice for Asian rice
Cut the stems finely and grind them.
Voila done is a wonderful Kitche spice for Asian rice.
What do you do with Lemon Balm?