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