Of course, I have already used about six pounds-worth for making Elderberry Wine— what an incredibly pleasant way to take my medicine (wink!).Are you curious about how elderberries protect us from the flu? Here’s a great explanation.
Making Elderberry Winter Tonic
- Elderberries (you can purchase them dried, if you need to, here)
- Fresh Ginger, grated: 1 Tablespoon per cup of berries (or 1 teaspoon if you are using dried ginger)
- Ground Cinnamon: 1 teaspoon per cup of berries
- Ground Cloves: 1/4 teaspoon per cup of berries
- Raw Honey, preferably local: 1/2 cup per cup of berries
Take a teaspoonful daily during cold and flu season, or use it in delicious ways: as a pancake syrup, mixed into yogurt, as a drink mixer… There are so many ways to enjoy it, so even if you never get sick, it’s a fun thing to have on hand. You can also use this tonic to make fermented elderberry soda! Just dilute to the sweetness of juice and follow the instructions for fermenting from there.
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