Delicious Things to do With Elderberries

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If you have a source of elderberries, we have a few ways of using these delectable, healthful berries.

They contain antioxidants, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C, potassium, and bioflavonoids, and are said to boost the immunity. Note that elderberries are poisonous when raw.

Elderberry syrup

Elderberry syrup is absolutely delicious on anything from fruit to waffles to bagels, but it also has medicinal value, especially when combined with raw honey.

Make a large batch to last you through winter, and take a spoonful a few times a day for colds, flu, and sore throats.

Elderberry Tincture

For a powerful dose of elderberries’ health-giving benefits, elderberry tincture is a potent weapon against winter ills. Take it all through winter to ward off viruses. Pick and wash the berries. Tip into a mason jar. Cover with 100% proof vodka.

Leave in a cool place for up to six weeks, shaking daily for the first two weeks. For the first week, open and check that the vodka is covering the berries.

If not, top up. Strain the tincture, pressing as much from the berries as possible through a colander. Bottle tincture in a clean bottle and use for up to 2 years.