Respect Your Elder(berries)

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.

Elderberry Tincture
Elderberry Tincture
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.)
Elderberry Syrup
Elderberry Syrup
Same sweet flavor and cold-busting powers, but without the booze. (Image via dianabauman.)

Pontack Sauce
Pontack Sauce
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.)
Elderberry Jam
This jam is very seedy, but the seeds add a tangy, bitter crunch that isn't entirely unpleasant. (Image via MissWhiskey.)
Elderberry Crab Apple Jelly
Elderberry Crab Apple Jelly
A native North American shrub these little gems make the most excellent jams and jellies. Get some friends together to stem them and the rest is as easy as pie. (Image via Putting Up With The Turnbulls.)
Elderberry Wine
Elderberry Wine
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.)
Elder Gin
Elder Gin
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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