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 Syrup with Fresh Elderberries
Making an elderberry winter tonic for your family is really pretty simple. I used to pay a ton of money for this very same medicine each year before I knew how to make my own. These instructions are for fresh elderberries, but you can also use dried ones, in case there aren’t any elder trees in your area. Even if you need to buy the berries instead of collecting them for free, it’s a much cheaper option for getting this great medicine, and totally worth the small effort of making it. And one more thing… it’s delicious.
- 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.