Magazine article Sunset

Spring Reading

Magazine article Sunset

Spring Reading

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The first book from Sunset Test Garden creators Homestead Design Collective is called Harvest (Ten Speed Press; $22)--and it's filled with vibrant seasonal projects using plants found in your garden. This is one of our favorites.


Elderflower-infused honey

One of the easiest ways to preserve fresh
elderflowers is by adding them to honey.
The combination is an effective remedy for
sore throats, early-season colds, and allergies.
Add elderflower honey to tea or simply enjoy
it by the healing spoonful. We mix it with
fresh lemon juice and carbonated water for
a refreshing lemonade.

Choose the size of the jar to determine how
much of the flowers and honey you'll need.
You need only enough flowers to fill the jar
loosely, followed by the honey. Don't toss out
extra flowers! Dry them and use them for tea.


1/4 cup (or more) freshly picked elderflower

8 oz. fresh, local honey, or more as needed

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