Elderberry Honey is a delicious way to sweeten teas in the winter. It can also be taken by the spooful to prevent cold and flu. Honey has a great way of coating the throat relieving soreness. When adding the fantastic benefits of Elderberries, the combination is unbeatable.
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The black berries produces are considered toxic when eaten raw in large quantities — to be safe, make sure they are dry before using! Feel free to use them in pies or jellies for a healthy, fruity treat. Elderberries are highly rich in vitamin A and vitamin C and are used to make tinctures or extracts that are sold in stores as antivirals. The flowers are absolutely delicious smelling and are fine to use in your salads and, like the berries, have been used for flavoring wine.
Recipe: Elderberry Honey
To yield 8 ounces of Elderberry Honey use the following:
8 oz of dried Elderberries
8 oz of pure honey
1. Measure out Elderberries and honey.
2. Add to a double boiler over low heat.
3. Simmer honey mixture for 6 hours.
4. Strain mixture with a muslin cloth or tightly woven cheesecloth. I’ve also been able to use a simple strainer.
5. Pour honey into a jar and label with the date the honey was made and information on the elderberries and honey that was used.
Note: You can use fresh elderberries, but know that the honey will only keep for a short time and must be refrigerated. Whenever fresh plant is used, water is introduced to your honey and allows for icky growth to form.