1 1/2 cups freshly-picked berries (or substitute 3/4 cup dried organic berries)
3 1/4 cups water
1 1/4 cups honey - raw, local honey if available
1 3-inch cinnamon stick
3-4 whole cloves
1 large piece candied ginger (or substitute 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger)
1 - Combine everything but the honey and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and slowly simmer for about 25 minutes.
2 - Using a potato masher, crush the berries and set aside to cool for several hours.
3 - Strain, discarding solids, then add the honey and mix to dissolve.
makes approximately 4 cups of syrup and can be stored in the
refrigerator for about 8 weeks. This can also be frozen in ice cube
trays for longer storage and taken out as needed.
tincture from the store is made with alcohol, which is the accepted
method of preserving most tinctures. You can also make a non-alcohol
based tincture using this recipe.
Elderberry Tincture with Glycerin
Vegetable glycerin is available at many health foods stores.
1 cup vegetable glycerin
1 cup water
1/2 pound dried elderberries
- Place the dried elderberries in a quart glass jar and pour the
glycerin over the berries. Place a lid on the jar and keep it in a cool,
dark place such as the pantry for 6 weeks. Gently shake the jar daily
to keep the berries from settling.
2 - Strain the mixture through a
colander or cheesecloth, squeezing out all of the liquid from the
berries. This can be stored in the pantry in an air-tight container, or
in the refrigerator, for 5-6 months. It makes about 2 cups. Most people
use 4 teaspoons daily at the first signs of cold or flu.
pensenursery.net; (479) 369-2494
Elderberry Varieties from Cuttings:
River Hills Harvest,
Terry Durham (573) 999-3034
Mountain Rose Herbs; mountainroseherbs.com
Horizon Herbs; horizonherbs.com
Elder Cream Organic Skin Salve
Evening Shade Farm, Osceola, MO
Cindy Parker: (417) 282-6985
|The kids gave me a personalized stool, with Renee's Seed packets on top.|
|Boys making tortilla chips with chili powder.|
|Ingredients from the school garden.|
You may not realize it but children's taste buds aren't fully developed like adults, so the taste of something like rosemary isn't something kids are drawn to. Kids primarily can taste sweet, sour, salty and bitter until they're in their teens or later. But if you introduce them to a flavor like rosemary, with another flavor with it - chocolate for instance, it is more pleasant for their tastes. So each of the children tasted a chocolate chip with a rosemary leaf
That's Melinda Smith, below, who teaches, organizes and oversees the garden, writes grants and everything else to keep the garden going and teachers involved.
|Melinda demonstrating the safe use of knives.|
|These girls squeezed lots of lime juice for the Green Grape Salsa.|
The tortilla chips came out of the oven in time for the kids to all taste the Green Grape Salsa (from my book, Salsas, from Apple to Zucchini). Almost every child liked the salsa (and we made enough to take to the Craighead County Master Gardeners where I spoke that evening).
|A favorable review from one of the 5th graders.|
2 sticks (1/2 cup) butter, softened
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
Grated peel from 1 orange
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
1 - Mix flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl and set aside
2 - Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large mixer bowl until creamy.
3 - Add eggs and beat.
4 - Add flour mixture, stirring well.
5 - Stir in chocolate pieces, rosemary and orange peel.
6 - Drop by rounded tablespoon onto baking sheets.
7 - Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
|Rosemary-Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies ready to bake.|
|Great helpers, it was a fun day.|