This berry is a super addition to your spice cabinet. Easy to identify and harvest any time between spring and autumn in northern and eastern regions of North America, its unique citrus and pepper flavours will spice up your cooking all year long.
Old-school style beach plum jelly is made without any added pectin. When gathering them in the wild make sure to include some under-ripe berries. A long simmer makes for a good strong set. It's a sticky jelly with a good puckery punch.
A tincture will extract the medicinal qualities of elderberry, long known for it's ability to support the immune system. Or take that tincture, and turn it into an amazing liqueur worthy of your most discerning guests. It's all easy!
Forget any misconceptions you have about this wild flower. It is not likely responsible for anyone's hay fever. It is just a beautiful perennial which is also edible. This is the first of a series of recipes using this much misunderstood plant.
Understanding the differences between the leaves of California bay (Umbellularia californica) and "true" bay (Laurus nobilus). How to identify their leaves and the chemistry that makes them taste different in cooking.