Season: From May to June (depending upon the weather)
Elderflowers have a wonderful affinity with gooseberries and nature has kindly matched their seasons for us but, until recently, only those who are lucky enough to live in the country and can gather them away from the petrol-fumed roadside have been able to enjoy the delightful combination. Not so now, because available to all in supermarkets and wine shops is an excellent cordial distilled from elderflowers, which makes combining them with gooseberries as easy as pouring them from a bottle.
You may also be interested to know that it makes a superb non-alcoholic drink : one measure of cordial topped with sparkling mineral water and lots of ice. Most refreshing.
What a wonderful way to use up excess gooseberries! This recipe combines creaminess and a fruity compote to mouthwatering effect.
What’s good about changing seasons is looking forward to gooseberries, which only come once a year. They can of course be frozen but they’re never quite as good, so once a year make these glorious and very special muffins.
Blackcurrants, raspberries or redcurrants can be used instead of gooseberries, but either way we just know you'll love this grown-up, prepare-ahead version of rice pudding!
This is a classic English version of a fruit cobbler, but speeded up with the aid of a food processor – which makes it one of the fastest baked fruit desserts imaginable.
A marriage made in heaven, gooseberries and elderflowers complement each other perfectly - an example of nature at its best, as both ingredients are in season at the same time! These jellies are a refreshing summer pud.