The Elderberry Craze

Elderberries are a hot commodity come winter time. In fact, last winter/spring, we sold close to 7,500 pounds of elderberries, with 19,000 requests for the popular dried berries in one week! Elderberries are a prime ingredient in lozenges, cough syrups and immune-boosting formulas. They’re desired in the natural-minded communities and food stores for their healthful benefits.

These dark purple berries have a fruity aroma and sweet-tart, fruity flavor and aren’t just known for their health benefits. The cooked berries are eaten in pies, teas, winter cordials, jams and can even be fermented into wine. Frontier sells organic dried, uncooked berries, which provide a great foundation to customers’ kitchen experiements.

Here is a simple elderberry syrup recipe for your customers:

 

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup Frontier Organic Elderberries 
  • 3 1/2 cups of water
  • 2 Tablespoons Frontier Ginger Root
  • 1 teaspoon Frontier Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Frontier Ground Cloves
  • 1 cup Heavenly Organic Honey

Instructions

1.     In a medium saucepan, pour water, elderberries, ginger, cinnamon and cloves (do not add honey!)

2.      Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half. At that point, remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled. Mash the berries carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.

3.      Discard the elderberries (or compost them!) and let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of honey and stir well.

4.      When honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a quart sized mason jar or 16-ounce glass bottle of some kind.

5.      Store in the fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties.