What is elderberry?
Sambucus is a genus of flowering plants in the family Adoxaceae. The various species are commonly called elder or elderberry. The genus was formerly placed in the honeysuckle family, Caprifoliaceae, but was reclassified as Adoxaceae due to genetic and morphological comparisons to plants in the genus Adoxa.
Date back in 400 BC Hippocrates called the elder tree his “medicine chest.”
In herbal medicine, the elderberry is considered one of the world’s most healing plants.
Elderberry Health Benefits
The berry is packed with antioxidants and vitamins that helps boost immune system. They could help:
prevent and ease cold and flu symptoms
Since honey is used as a natural preservative in this recipe, please DO NOT give this syrup to infants under 1 year old. If you have young children, please consult with medical professionals if honey is safe for them.
You can substitute sugar or maple syrup for honey.
WHERE TO PURCHASE DRIED ELDERBERRIES:
Combine elderberry, ginger, cardamon with water in pot and bring to boil
There are so many different ways to make elderberry syrup. Just like there are so many different ways to make dumplings! Feel free to be creative.
Here are how I like:
elderberry and water ration 1:3 to 1:4
spices that goes well with - ginger, cinnamon, cardamon, clove
If you are vegan, substitute honey to sugar or maple syrup as preservative.