Revised repost from 2011.
Fritters are much like a pancake, usually with a primary ingredient like apples ( apple fritters), potato, or zucchini (a regional favorite). In Italy (especially in Piedmont), Germany and Austria, the umbels of the elderberry are batter coated, fried and then served as a dessert fritter with a sugar and cinnamon topping, known as “Hollerküchel”.
Our sweet, funny longtime friend Mary G. lived robustly, both mentally and physically, to her 94th birthday. She taught me about elderberry flowers for summer fritters and stories of how she learned from her mother to make them as a girl. That, and using the super health-giving elderberry to make jam, wine, and elderberry tincture was a common practice that old-timers felt gave ‘vitality and vigor’ to life.
And I believe it!