Norm’s Farms Elderflower Syrups
After a year of sourcing ingredients, learning how to translate a recipe made on our kitchen stove to one that can be made 60 gallons at a time, and working with our designer to create new labels, we are thrilled to be able to say “Norm’s Farms Elderflower Syrups will soon be here!” We have just finished production of our first batch. This is such a fun way to start a new year and we can’t wait to share them with you!
What is Elderflower?
Elderflowers are the harvested and dried flowers produced by the elderberry bush. Here in the US elderberry bushes begin to flower around Mother’s Day in the south and sometime in June up north. Elderberry produces huge Queen Ann’s Lace like blossoms that float above leaf covered branches. Each blossom is comprised of thousands of individual star shaped creamy white flowers. Should you see a bush blooming along side the road it is worth a stop just to see these amazing flowers up close. You will be doubly rewarded by their heavenly aroma which is best described as buttery-lemon with hints of vanilla and pepper. Like the fruit of the elder, elderflowers are quite perishable and should be laid out to dry immediately after harvest.
The many uses of Elderflower
Traditional cultures have documented many medicinal uses for elderflower. Elderflower has been used to help break up lung congestion and fevers, as an antiseptic and an anti-inflammatory and for many other health related issues.
These days elderflower is best known and loved for the delicate and alluring flavor it adds to foods and drink. Europeans have been passionate about elderflower for centuries. Overseas you can find Elderflower Presse, Elderflower Cordial and Elderflower flavored drinks in every corner grocery. Elderflower is beginning to get recognition here in the US. Most Americans familiar with the flavor of elderflower discovered the taste for the first time in St Germaine Liqueur.
Norm’s Farms non-alcoholic Elderflower Syrup and Elderflower Ginger Syrup are made with organic elderflowers and pure cane sugar, and they each deliver a modest 30 calories per serving. Both make a wonderful low calorie soda when mixed with sparkling water. Try using unflavored, citrus or mint flavored sparkling water mixed with our Elderflower Syrup. For a soda with the perfect amount of spice and bite, use our Elderflower Ginger Syrup with plain sparkling water.
Our Elderflower Syrup and Elderflower Ginger Syrup will be available for purchase on our website and through Amazon and Ebay soon, definitely by Feb 1, 2017. We hope to have them in your neighborhood co-op soon!