[NAFEX] Blow flower

Doc Lisenby longdistshtr at shtc.net
Fri Dec 16 11:17:15 EST 2005

In a message dated 12/15/2005 1:47:46 PM US Eastern Standard Time, 
longdistshtr at shtc.net writes:

We used to bread and fry the elderberry "blow" (flowers)

Well that is a new one on me. What is a blow (flower)? As opposed to a 
normal flower? Local term?

Sorry Jerry, but we retained some of the Old English down here while the 
trend at one time was to switch the official  American language to German. 
Ironically  "blow" was akin to the Old High German verb,"bluoen" meaning "to 
blossom".  Why elder blow (elder blossom) hung on, is beyond my 
comprehension. It could be because an elder, especially Sambucus nigra, may 
be referred to as a bourtree (bower tree).  The blossoms were claimed to 
have medicinal properties and these attributes may have previously exceeded 
the berries importance as a dye or food. Over time, elder became elderberry 
to describe the plant.
Incidentally, the bark, leaves, shoots and roots are claimed to contain 
cyanogenic glycosides which are poisonous and shouldn't be ingested.
So, to answer your question; "blow" means "blossom"/"flower"/"bloom".
Doc Lisenby Zone 7/8 (So. Car.) 

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