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Elderflowers

Posted by mbrown297 6b (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 29, 13 at 12:40

I posted this question last year and didn't get many responses so I thought I would try again. I have a number of European elderberry plants that have gotten quite large. I would like to sell the flowers so I don't have to deal with the birds eating the elderberries.
Does anyone have any experience or information about pricing for elderflowers? I haven't been able to find anything online and I want to start looking into some markets before they bloom.
Any help would be appreciated.
Mike


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RE: Elderflowers

I've tried to sell the berries, still on stem, but not the flowers. What are the uses for the flowers?


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RE: Elderflowers

I've never sold the elderflowers, but make a beautiful liquer every year (fantastic in champagne!)


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RE: Elderflowers

Do they hold up after cutting them off the plant? Do they look good in a vase of water while you're at the market? If not or if they wilt, then I would focus on folks that home brew their own concoctions with them (they are actually very popular but I think most folks just harvest them from the wild). If you are selling at a farmer's market and they display well you might sell a few to folks wanting to experiment with them (they make good floral flavored fritters also) but I wouldn't think they would be big sellers. You might also find a wine/beer making shop and either sell them to them or at least post a notice that you have them available for home brewers. I would price them like any other flavoring herb except that it takes a lot of them to make a strong tincture and factory made tinctures don't really cost that much. So charge whatever you can get but don't expect to get rich from this crop.


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RE: Elderflowers

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll check out home brewers.


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