What? Flower power. These aromatic white elderflowers bloom in clusters on elder trees or bushes. While it's rare to see them for sale, people pick them wild to use in salads, wines, cordials, and tea. Fritters are one of our favorite ways to eat the blossoms. Dip the flowers in batter, fry in oil until golden, and serve sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. They taste like sweet flowery funnel cakes and look like lace. According to Waverly Root, the flowers were eaten by Native Americans and by England's Henry V. If you forget to gather your elderflowers while ye may, don't fret. The berries are edible too. Though too sour to be eaten raw, elderberries show up in pies, jams, jellies, and chutney. In Arsenic and Old Lace two kindly spinsters serve poisoned elderberry wine to lonely old men they believed would be better off dead. You've got nothing to fear.
When? January 12, Fabrizzio Salerni, Equus Restaurant, The Castle at Tarrytown