Elderberries are on the rise due to their healthy and anti-inflammatory effects. That’s why there are so many elderberry recipes turning up on places like Pinterest.
With the cold and flu season upon us, elderberries are a tasty way to stay healthy.
Elderberries are also a cost-effective way of staying healthy while enjoying delicious foods.
It’s a win-win!
The school year is starting soon and this is the time of year my kids tend to get sick.
And when they get sick they become the biggest babies.
All they want is to be cuddled 24-7. And that’s a beautiful thing when they aren’t sick.
Instead of my kids having to deal with catching colds and other viruses from their peers, I’ve opted to look for alternative ways of keeping them healthy.
I grew up on cough medicine but in my opinion, it doesn’t really help except if I want to rest.
Finding elderberry recipes has been a huge help for our family.
So I’d like to pay it forward.
What Is Elderberry?
Elderberry refers to several different varieties of the Sambucus tree, which is a flowering plant belonging to the Adoxaceae family.
The most common type is Sambucus nigra, also known as the European elderberry or black elder. This tree is native to Europe, though it is widely grown in many other parts of the world as well ( 1, 2, 3 ).
According to the WebMD article on elderberry health benefits, “Some people take elderberry by mouth for the common cold, “the flu” (influenza), and H1N1 “swine” flu. It is also taken by mouth for HIV/AIDS and boosting the immune system. Elderberry is also taken by mouth for sinus pain, back and leg pain (sciatica), nerve pain (neuralgia), and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).”
You will learn from the recipes in this article, that elderberry recipes are a staple for any kitchen.
You can’t afford not to cook with elderberries.
What are the benefits of elderberry?
There are a lot of people claiming that elderberries are the best method of combating illnesses including colds and flu. There have been articles on elderberry benefits that support these claims.
Now will these elderberry recipes keep you from ever getting sick? Probably not, but they will help you build up your immune system to ward off various colds and the flu.
Elderberry has vitamin C and is high in antioxidants and vitamins and minerals.
This is an interesting evidence-based systematic review on elderberry which digs deeper into whether or not the positive health effects of elderberry are valid.
I encourage you to download the full text to read what the researchers have to say. Scientifc reads aren’t everyone favorite cup of tea.
But if you’re thinking of incorporating elderberry into your diet or your family’s diet, you should find out if it’s worth it.
I say it is but do yourself a favor, and read the additional research. I’m not a scientist, nor a doctor, but I do appreciate keeping my family healthy.
It’s just like ingesting apple cider vinegar to lose weight. You would want to research ACV before putting it into your food.
Are elderberries safe to eat?
According to the USDA Plants, “Elderberries are quite edible. The blue or purple berries are gathered and made into elderberry wine, jam, syrup, and pies. The entire flower cluster can be dipped in batter and fried while petals can be eaten raw or made into a fragrant and tasty tea.”
What are the side effects of elderberry?
Though elderberry are generally safe to consume. There are risks that you should be aware of when consuming elderberry.
When cooked, elderberry rarely pose any health risks. However, uncooked elderberry can be unsafe when the leaves, stems, unripe fruit or uncooked fruit is eaten.
This can bring on symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
If you are breastfeeding, it is safer to avoid consuming elderberries due to the lack of science-backed information.
It’s better to err on the said of caution for the safety of you and your baby.
Is elderberry good for weight loss?
Luckily, elderberry can help. Effective, safe weight loss is about more than dieting. It’s about maintaining a healthy lifestyle: good nutrition and often, regular exercise. Luckily, elderberry can help: the fruit is among the top sources for antioxidants, which play a proven role in reducing inflammation ( 4 ).
10 HEALTHY IMMUNE BOOSTING ELDERBERRY RECIPES
These 10 recipes are just a few elderberry recipes that can get you started on boosting your immune system.
Elderberries alone won’t keep the colds away, but they sure will help your body become strong enough to fight off infections, and other illnesses.
The following elderberry recipes will help you learn to easily incorporate elderberries into your diet with hassle.
These are easy to learn recipes even for elderberry beginners.
Elderberry Jelly Recipe
Everyone loves jelly, right?
This elderberry jelly recipe found at Simply Recipes is a great way to easily integrate elderberries into your family’s dining.
Especially if you have family members that are picky eaters.
Easy Elderberry Syrup
Dena from Back to the Book Nutrition, gives us a step-by-step look into this easy elderberry syrup recipe.
This recipe is great for elderberry beginners to make. Plus, it costs about half of what you’d pay in-store.
From the reader comments, it looks like Dena struck gold with this elderberry recipe. Her audience either loves it, or is eager to try it.
Seedless Elderberry Apple Jam
Sometimes you want to eat something seedy.
But if you’re anything like me, you’d prefer your jam be seed free.
Thank goodness for this seedless elderberry apple jam recipe from Our One Acre Farm. Not to mention it it mixes the benefits of elderberries and apples together.
Those two ingredients alone make for a healthy and nutritious recipe even better.
Homemade Elderberry Gummies
Naturally Mindful’s elderberry gummies recipe contains four ingredients. Three of which are most likely found in your refrigerator.
If you have kids, you can make this a fun, DIY family activity. You’ll be actively showing your kids how fun and healthy go hand in hand.
Check out this elderberry smoothie recipes from Heartfully Nourished.
This is another easy to make recipe that doesn’t cost much to make. The ingredients are simple and you can make this for any meal.
Fermented Elderberry Honey
Apparently people love honey which is why I included it. I can’t personally say the same.
Honey just isn’t my jam.
However, I noticed that Colleen from Grow Forage Cook Ferment is very active in her comment section for this recipe.
If you decide to make this elderberry honey recipe, make sure to pop into Colleen’s comment section and leave a message.
This elderberry lollipops recipe comes from Nitty Gritty Life. Devon starts her post admitting that she’s failed at her first attempt making lollipops.
And I loved that raw honesty.
So if the creator can admit she isn’t perfect when she first made it, you can give it a try and see what happens too.
Plus, this recipe includes interesting ingredients like wild cherry bark and marshmallow root.
Guaranteed to give your recipe its cooling and soothing attributes.
Elderberry Tea Recipe
The first thing I reach for is tea when I’m sick. It usually helps to soothe my throat and it’s very calming.
So this recipe is one I’d like to try preferably before I get sick.
If you’re a tea lover, you’ll want to try out this recipe along with checking out suggestions in the comment section on Tasting Page.
This elderberry stew recipe from Vienna Sunday Kitchen puts an Austrian touch to it and can be eaten as a dessert.
The author also includes her tips on how to properly harvest and prepare the elderberries for this recipe.
And if you like having a visual when cooking, there’s a video included as well.
Elderberry Infused Herbal Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has long been touted the miracle vinegar. But this recipe brings together vinegar and elderberries to make it a powerhouse immune-boosting recipe.
Though apple cider vinegar recipes are always plentiful, I’d recommend trying this elderberry vinegar recipe.
I’m going to try it and probably gift some to friends for the holiday.
Bonus Elderberry Recipes
You may not have seen a lot of kefir recipes with elderberry. Yes, you’re welcome.
The elderberry kefir recipe is made with milk. However, the author doesn’t drink milk and decided to milk water with coconut milk.
Coconut milk is delicious and I don’t even like coconuts. Weird, right?
If you’re a huge water drinker, like me, you’ll find this recipe completely enjoyable and worth making.
I gives you a spin on your every day water intake.
Check out this elderberry kefir recipe at Raia’s Recipes.
Elderberry Good Girl Moonshine
From Taryn at Joy filled Eats, this elderberry recipe keeps her health in tip-top shape while raising 4 kids.
As a mom, I know firsthand how important it is to look after my health. Plus, I like to model the behavior I wish my kids to learn.
Kids are like sponges. So I want them to soak up my healthy living practices.
This elderberry recipe will help you do the same.
Elderberry Recipes for Healthy Living
Elderberry alone is not enough to keep the colds away. But with all its benefits, it is definitely worth incorporating into your daily living.
Elderberry has vitamin C and is high in antioxidants and vitamins and minerals.
So there’s no going wrong with at least giving thee recipes a try.
You want to make sure that you are paying attention to the directions in these recipes. If a recipe states not to use red elderberry, for instance, don’t use it.
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