09 July 2010
Posted in Food Stories
During the month of June around my neigbourhood, I can often see the halo appearance of the Elderflower (Holunder) rising above the bushes.
When cut, these tiny cluster of petals have a tendency of wilting before you can say "Elderflower fritters," so it is best to promptly pop them into water before they lose their lush, white appearance. Being fond of photographing the fineness of flowers and plants; I grab my camera to capture the delicacy of this edible flower before sending them to the frying pan.
In many areas of Bavaria, there is a custom where the locals pick, cook and lunch on Hollunderküchlein (Elderflower fritters) on a midsummer day. This traditionally falls on June 24. As the saying goes: Those who eat Hollunderküchlein under the Eldertree at noon will remain healthy the whole year through. That said, I decided to cook these fragrant flowers and eat my fritters in the comfort of my home- simply to save myself from the embarrassment of maybe having to explain to my neighbours, why I would be nestled under a bush. After all, I do live in the state of Baden-Württemberg, so I guess I can excuse myself of such a tradition. Here is another use for the elderflowers in a vinegar form.