Berries looking similar to elderberries:
Danewort (Sambucus ebulus)
The stems and unripe or uncooked berries of danewort (Sambucus ebulus) are toxic as they contain poisonous alkaloids and cyanogenic glycosides. The flowers and ripe fruit are edible but all parts of the plant are toxic if consumed in excess (Lewis and Elvin-Lewis 2003). Slovensko ime: smrdljivi bezeg
Alder buckthorn berries (Frangula alnus)
Berries will cause you digestive problems, vomiting, strong abdominal pains and bloody stools. Slovenian name: navadna krhlika
Wayfarer tree (Viburnum lantana)
Wayfarer berries (Viburnum lantana) are mildly toxic, and may cause vomiting or diarrhea if consumed in large quantities. Slovenian name: dobrovita
What about elderberries?
So let’s get to the recipes!
- by Mommypotamus
– 2 cups of water
– 1 cup of raw local honey
– ½ cup of dried elderberries or 1 cup of fresh
– optional: grated ginger (1-2 tablespoons), cinnamon stick and cloves
for the taste and extra immune boosting properties
How to make?
- Place dried elderberries (or fresh, ripe elderberries if you have them locally), ginger, cinnamon or other dried herbs and filtered water in a medium saucepan.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer on medium-low for 30 minutes. The liquid will reduce by about one-third.
- Remove pan from heat and mash the elderberries to release any remaining juice.
- Strain the mixture into a glass bowl using a cheesecloth.
- When the liquid has come to body temperature or lower (about 30 minutes), gently stir in the raw honey and mix thoroughly. Check the syrup with a candy thermometer to be sure it is lower than 118 F/ 48 C. Any higher will destroy the antibiotic properties of the raw honey.
- Store and label in small, glass, amber bottles.
2. by Shamanaflora
Ingredients (I made a smaller batch and reduced the amount of ingredients):
– 1 cup dried elderberries, I used 1 cup of fresh
– 1/4 cup dried elderflowers
– 1 tbsp ginger chips
– 1 tbsp cinnamon chips
– 8 oz or 225g water
– 4oz or 114g vodka
– 1 lemon, juice
– 8 oz or 220 g honey
How to make?
- Mix all the dried herbs together in a jar.
- Pour 8 oz (225g) boiling water over the herbs, and 4 oz (114g) of vodka or brandy
- cap and let infuse 8 hours or overnight.
- In a muslin, jelly bag, or cheesecloth strain the herbs from the liquid. Squeeze gently to get as much fluid from the herbs as possible.
- Add the juice of 1 lemon.
- Measure out exactly how much liquid you have in a glass measuring cup.
- Add an equal amount of raw honey or sugar to the liquid. Mix well until sugar dissolves.
- Bottle and store. It will keep best under refrigeration. If you wish to keep this in the pantry, you will want to use more alcohol in step 2 (4 oz (114g) of 50% vodka) to preserve.
TIP: To make fresh elderberry syrup when you need it, just pick the berries and dry them. If you use dry berries take in mind the weight difference, so take ½ or 1/3 of the amount of the fresh berries. If you didn’t have the time to pick them and would like to make the syrup by yourself anyway, I found the cheapest organic dried elderberries here.
3. by Divja
– 1 cup of fresh elderberries
– 250 ml water
– 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
– 1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon stick – grated
– 1 tsp cloves
– 0.5 cup elderflowers
– 120 g raw local honey
– 8 g citric acid
– Juice of one lemon
How to make?
- Bring water to boil and add the spices (ginger, cloves, cinnamon). Leave it to cool
- When cool, add elderflowers, elderberries lemon juice and citric acid. Mash everything together with potato masher. Leave it infused overnight.
- Next morning strain the syrup through a cloth, add raw honey. Mix until the honey is dissolved.
- Sterilize the bottles in oven for 15-20 minutes at 120 degrees C.
- Pour the syrup into bottles or jar and store in the refrigerator.
Stay tuned for stability test and tasting!
From the forest, Iva