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Elderberry can be one incredible healing powerhouse. When used externally elder can help heal wounds and when taken internally it can help fight colds, flus, and respiratory illnesses.
Take advantage of this amazing natural remedy by making a very simple and incredibly useful elderberry tincture.
Actually he is right...you can even buy the elderberry syrup on Amazon and it is a good flu virus inhibitor. I have several elderberries but the birds always beat me to them along with the bush cherries that I have. I swear they put out sentinels.
Elderberries make a good jam. Yeah, you need to add sugar. But in upstate Pennsylvania they were routinely picked, sometimes eaten raw, and definitely jammed. Of course, that was before Gorelets and bicycle helmets and the rest of "modern" society....
I suppose that someone with unlimited time on their hands could make elderberry jam or wine but I can't imagine why. Had an old neighbor lady give me a bag of them once so we made jam. Tasted pretty much like grape jam. Got some and tried to pick the berries off but gave up very quickly.
Just made (well, 4 weeks ago) a large batch (30lb) of elderberry (black) and blackberry jam-10lb elderberries, 10lb blackberries, 10lb sugar, juice of 4 lemons.
The trick is to cut the bunches of elderberries off the trees and then hand strip them into a tub at home.
The jam tastes exquisite to me. The elderberries help the blackberries to set. I am fighting off friends and relations who have tasted it and want more.
Here in the UK, elderflower wine and cordial are also traditional -scented and delicate. You can now buy the cordial commercially.
I thought we might have elderberry here, but I think it's really just pokeweed a/k/a inkberry. A website I consulted just now pointed out that leaves are directly opposite each other on an elderberry but alternate on a pokeweed. There are a lot of other differences, too; the pokeweed berries are larger and in less numerous bunches. We have pokeweed berries all over the place, which the animals seem to like. The berries are not good for people to eat. The pokeweed leaves can be cooked and eaten safely when very young and tender. My grandmother was particularly fond of adding them to a mess of other greens.