Elderberry juice

Monroe, WI(Zone 4b)

Somewhere I heard you can make a syrup (or something) of elderberry juice to use for nausea and upset tummy. It was last summer, and our elderberries here were done when I had read it, so didn't pay it much attention.

Looks like we're going to have a humongous crop of elderberries here in our neck of the woods if the blossoms on the bushes are any indication.

Does anyone know how to make this syrup and how to store it? Can it be put in the freezer, or would it have to be processed.........i.e. pressure canned?

I guess you can buy something like this, but would like to try making my own. At least I would know it wouldn't have any added "crud" in it.

Northeast, AR(Zone 7a)

Hi Anna,

This site has some great info about Elderberry Syrup, with a recipe. Says you can store it in the fridge for up to a year.

It also says to make sure your particular berries are edible; some are not; check with your cooperative extension office to be sure.

http://www.davidlebovitz.com/archives/2007/08/respect_your_el.html

Monroe, WI(Zone 4b)

i know our elderberry bushes are ok to use, everyone uses them. Well, everyone that makes wine, LOL

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Anna, here's some additional info... Elderberry syrup is highly praised for colds and flu, and particularly last year with threats of H1N1 virus.
http://www.homegrown.org/profiles/blogs/elderberry-syrupno-h1n1-for
http://magpieeats.blogspot.com/2009/09/elderberry-syrup.html

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Hey, check this out too... One of the 2 links on the home page is to download of a PDF on Elderberry Phytochemistry, and H1N1 virus..

http://www.wyldewoodcellars.com/

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

I just made a batch of this, and water-bath canned 10 half-pint jars of it. It's a bit too sweet for me so I may try another smaller batch with less sugar...

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