Flowers have been popular in culinary dishes and drinks for many centuries. Many people do not realise it but in medieval times, flowers were used widely in cooking. This elderflower chicken recipe comes from that era in fact and uses chicken breasts, elderflower clusters, ground almonds and egg yolks as the main ingredients.
Food in 11-12th century Europe, especially England and France, often called for the use of flowers in hot dishes as well as salads.
Today the elderflower is still popular in the kitchen. In food stores you can readily see cordial made with it and elderflower tea is widely available, being recognised by many people for its health giving properties. Elderflower is used extensively in recipes – even in the making of jams and vinegar! Now there’s something I might try myself in the future 🙂