Pick the flowers from a tree that it is not too close to the road and traffic, and has not being sprayed with chemicals. Shake and clean (no need to wash in water) the elderberry flowers to make sure that there is no dirt (or insects).
Mix 100g of plain flour with a tsp of icing sugar and enough cold water to make a light batter (a bit like tempura).
Pick the flowers heads by the stalk and drop into the batter, and then into hot oil. Fry, turning once, until the fritters are golden and crispy.
Dust with icing sugar and fresh elderberry flowers, then serve, hot or cold.
Photos and recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©