Elder, Sambucus nigra
You can use the flowers to make cordial drinks or deep fried as fritters. They go really-well with gooseberries. You can add the berries to apple pies or make a jelly or jam from them.
When and where to find it:
The flowers are best harvested between May and July. The fruit usually grows between August and September. Don’t use the stalks of the plant, only pick the fruit and flowers. It usually grows in hedgerows and waste ground, edges of damp woodland, scrub and by roadsides.
It’s a broad shrub and can grow up to 10m. It has creamy white, scented flowers. The fruits grow in clusters and are black and juicy.
Paul has had an interest in the outdoors since he was a young kid. Walking, tracking and exploring the wilderness around him, from disused overgrown railway lines to the vast wilderness of the UK national parks. Over the last few years Paul has honed his skills into specific areas of bushcraft and survival. He is an expert in map reading, shelter building and knots, traps and fishing.