The name of the plant that produces Elder berries is Sambucus nigra, it is a large deciduous shrub that bears dark black berries. It is hailed from Europe, and it also originated from Southwest Asia and Northwest Africa. Other common names include Black Elder, European Elder, Common Elder, Black-berried European Elder, boor tree and German Elder. During summer,, the plant produces flowers, and the fruit comes on in the late fall months of the year.
Make this simple Elderberry Syrup recipe.
- 1/2 cup whole dried elder berries
- 4 cup water
- 2 Tbsp rosehips
- 2 tsp whole cloves
- 2 tsp dried ginger root
- 2 -3 cinnamon sticks
- 2 Tbsp raw, local honey
- Combine all ingredient in a medium saucepan.
- Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes or until reduced by one third.
- Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- While mixture is till warm, strain into a glass jar and stir in honey.
- Store in the refrigerator.