When I’m driving through country lanes in late May or early June, suddenly I spy the elderflower coming into blossom. Then I know it’s time to go and search on gooseberry bushes for the hard, green fruit, far too under-ripe at that stage to eat raw, but wonderful cooked in tarts or fools or in this delicious Compote. Elderflowers have an extraordinary affinity with green gooseberries and by a happy arrangement of nature they are both in season at the same time.
First top and tail the gooseberries. Tie 2 or 3 elderflower heads in
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