Gleaming purple-black elderberries are more than just delicious. They have a potent immune-improving power, so pick a peck now and prepare for cold and flu season. Here's seven ways to use them.
Elderberries come in just before the advent of winter cold season. Coincidence? Perhaps, but a tincture made from the berries may keep the crud at bay. (Image via LuSaMama.)
Pontack is a English sauce used on meat and game, or to enliven sauces or gravies. Being a base of cider vinegar, it has a sour salty nuance, a peppery hot finish, and a round elderberry near-sweetness. (Image via rcakewalk.)
This jam is very seedy, but the seeds add a tangy, bitter crunch that isn't entirely unpleasant. (Image via MissWhiskey.)
Beautiful berries can be fermented into a dark wine so rich and nuanced, with the character of a port wine. Don't skimp -- make plenty, as it improves with age and makes a lovely gift. (Image via And Here We Are.)
Try this infusion of dried elderberries and dried elderflowers in gin. It's delicious in champagne! (Image via Boozed and Infused.)
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