Used for centuries to fight illness, elderberries’ reputation as an effective home remedy for colds and flu has been borne out by numerous scientific studies.
While elderberry syrup is perhaps this amazing berry’s best-known form, there is so much more we can make from flavorful elderberries! In addition to its flu-fighting superpowers, elderberry contains potent antioxidants that support long-term health. Elderberries make nutritious and tasty additions to baked goods, drinks, and all manner of treats. Once you get started making your own elderberry gummies and homemade beverages, you won’t want to stop!
Everything Elderberry will introduce readers to the science behind elderberries, their traditional uses, what to know about growing and foraging elderberries, and how to prepare numerous mouthwatering elderberry and elderflower recipes. From simple teas, syrups, and tinctures, to jams, desserts, and wine, Everything Elderberry will have you hooked on these gorgeous gifts from Mother Nature! The recipes featured here include:
- Elderberry hard candies and cough drops
- Jams made with foraged elderberries, strawberries, and chia seeds
- Elderflower soda & kombucha
- Foraged berry oat muffins
- Elderberrry and elderflower tea & tinctures
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While modern medicine has in many cases eclipsed tried-and-true herbal remedies, another modern invention, the internet, has helped revive these fading ways to treat illness and support everyday good health. You probably picked up this book because you read about elderberry syrup on a blog and were curious to know more. That’s how I first learned about elderberries, too.
Reading about elderberry syrup online immediately piqued my interest. A simple berry-based concoction that could help me fight off colds and flu was very appealing in a region of the country where winter (and cold season!) lasts five to six long months.
But buying tiny, expensive bottles of elderberry syrup did not appeal to this frugal do-it-yourselfer, and I quickly schooled myself in ways to tap the benefits of elderberries without breaking the bank. As I learned to make my own elderberry preparations, I developed an insatiable curiosity about other herbal remedies. Exploring the fascinating world of plant medicine, I discovered hundreds of common plants—some masquerading as weeds in our gardens, some staples of the spice cabinet—that we can use to address common ailments. Many of these simple herbs and spices show up in the recipes included here.
This book also contains information on how to source elderberries and use them safely, as well as what scientific evidence we have for their storied health benefits. In my effort to understand this intriguing plant better, I sought out scientists, growers, herbalists, and makers of jams and spirits. I combed through historical herbal texts, centuries’ worth of cookbooks, and piles of modern herbalist books. I experimented with using the flowers and berries in baking, teas, and condiments, and plied family and friends with the results. It’s all here for you, along with loads of information about how to find or grow elderflowers and elderberries and how you can use these ages-old remedies in your wellness routine.
Elderberry has served for many as a gateway to the not-quite lost—and, thanks to the internet and ever-growing popular interest, quickly rebounding—art of home remedies. Since elderberry has been widely studied, is readily available, and tastes so good, it’s a perfect place to start if you’re curious about supporting health naturally.