ELDERBERRY = IMMUNE BOOSTING. Adding elderberries to tea, or taking them by the spoonful as a syrup, are tasty ways to keep our immune systems supported during the winter season. It’s easy to make ones own syrup, check Foraging & Feasting Elderberry recipe here: http://bit.ly/1NnFGj3.
Or perhaps you’d like to create this tea mix: ~ Berry Delight
A deeply colorful drink full of vitamin C and bioflavonoids. ~ Mix the following dried berries: ¼ handful rose hips, ¼ handful elderberries, 1½ handfuls raspberries, 1 handful blueberries, 1 handful blackberries and a pinch schizandra berries. ~ Place one handful of the herb mixture (gently crushed right before use) in a quart-size glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Slowly pour in boiling water until jar is full. Cap tightly and let steep for 3–4 hours. Drink up to 3 cups throughout the day. Yields 4 batches, about 4 1/3 quarts of infusion. Note that this tea will not taste like the “naturally flavored,” highly aromatic berry teas found commercially, but will produce a more complex yet subtler flavor, reflecting real berries. ~ The Elder, a native American bush that is scientifically called Sambucus canadensis, produces these nutritious, mildly acidic, mineral-flavored berries.
To help with id harvest and use here is the elderberry page from our book Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook (and also featured in the calendar) by Dina Falconi, illustrated by Wendy Hollender ~ Book Link: http://bit.ly/1Auh44Q
Have you been consuming elderberries recently, and if yes, how so?