Making Elderberry syrup DIY!
In the northern hemisphere, September is the month to harvest elderberries. It is relatively easy to make elderberry syrup.
In this thread I will share how I am doing it. Elderberry is the richest source of quercetin, but has many other valuable components.
Many herbs with antiviral and immunoregulating purposes are ready to harvest as well. I came up with a 3 step method to extract as many valuable components. Some components are destroyed by boiling for a long time, so the first step is: alcohol extraction.
I started collecting elderberry flowers in June. Very high quercetin content:
I dried the flowers:
Put them in a large jar and filled it with cheap red port wine.
I let it sit until now. I just added some self grown Artemisia annua (the herb from Madagascar in ‘Covid Organics’), and topped it off with Port.
The first jar is ready for later use in the mix. The elderflowers work like a sponge, so in order to get the liquid out, I will need a press. The liquid is technically called a tincture.
Next step is harvesting the berries and boiling it into syrup.
To be continued…
The 3 L jar with elderflower, artemisia in jenever and port
We have processed elderberries for a couple of years, but never the flowers. I like your method and will have to try it. Looking forward to your next installment.
Glitch….: All the elderberries within bicycle distance, I had stripped of flowers within reach.
Now of course, it is really hard to find berries! Only half a bucket harvested in one afternoon! It is a common shrub, but now I really have to go the distance! Locating an elderberry in bloom is very easy, but one with berries not that much.
Instead of a few hours planned, this will take a full week!
Loving your glitch, Rootman. Dried elderflowers can be bought, but not so the berries – only dried berries available online so useless for juicing. Lesson for next time, leave your local flowers and harvest the berries.
I’ve made elderflower “wine” before and shall not bother doing so again. I also experimented with an infusion of dried elderflower and found this was exceptional for temporary (3 hour) relief of blocked sinuses. It tasted vile however, and maybe I made it too strong.
I’ll be looking out for Belvoir Farms elderberry this year.