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ATP Podcast #30: Putting Up Tomatoes and Elderberries

By dave
August 8, 2013

In this week's episode, Trish shares all her best tips about processing tomatoes, especially how to can them for later eating! We also discuss elderberries: their health benefits, how to harvest and clean them, and what to do with these wonderful wild fruits.

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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Aug 7, 2013 8:28 PM CST
Dear Dave and Trish, another great podcast! Elder or Sambucus nigra grows all over around us and in fact in most places you will find some. It grows in hedgerows, as standing shrubs and trees wherever it can get a hold.. Our berries get large as it rains a lot here, normally! In legend if you cut an Elder tree down you go seven times to the Devil.
We use the flowers to deep fry. You pick them, then quickly wash them and dry them, then we just batter them in beer batter and give them about 4-6 minutes in hot oil. They are quite delicious and are non toxic due to the heat of the oil.
They are of course very good for you, as depending where they grow they do contain a lot of vitamins, both the flowers and the berries, that is.
Elderflower cordial which is non alcoholic is made here a lot and is quite cheap, you just add cold water in a glass with the cordial in, and it is a most refreshing drink which is much used in the summer.
Of course both Elderflower wine and Elderberry wine is common place, and that too is good for you in moderation, as like a lot of homemade wines it can be strong in alcohol. However there are lots of commercail companies that make it and Sloe gin.
You can make wine out of most things and Oak leaf wine is very nice indeed. Damsons grow in a lot of the hedgerows here and that makes exceptional wine as well.
Kindest regards from a hot in the day time and then wet and cool England on a night.
Neil.
p.s. A new way to water the garden. Rolling on the floor laughing I tip my hat to you.
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clintbrown
Aug 7, 2013 10:05 PM CST
I agree The elderberries are all over the side of the road here. We made wine out of them one year too!
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vic
Aug 8, 2013 2:48 AM CST
Thank you for another GREAT podcast! Thumbs up

Thank you so much Trish for the sauce recipe Hurray!

I googled and saw this - Elderberry is 2013 herb of the year.

http://www.kansascity.com/2013/08/06/4392438/elderberry-an-a...

I actually tried to make elderberry jelly many years ago but it didn't gel so we did exactly what you talked about, pancakes and ice cream Green Grin!

Thank you Dave and Trish!
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dave
Aug 8, 2013 6:40 AM CST

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Great information, Neil, thank you for sharing! Those fried flowers sound great and I will try that next year.

Vic, you'll like that sauce. Smiling
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NEILMUIR1
Aug 8, 2013 7:01 AM CST
Dear Dave and anyone else interested,
here is the recipe and method for elder flowers in batter!
Regards.
Neil.
I tip my hat to you.
http://cubits.org/Neil/thread/view/24757/
p.s. an elder flower is a Corymb.
A corymb is similar to a panicle with the same branching structure, but with the lower flowers having longer stems, thus giving a flattish top superficially resembling an umbel. Many species in the Maloideae, such as hawthorns and rowans, produce their flowers in corymbs.
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