But before we begin it is essential to note that eating raw elderberries is not advised as they are toxic when uncooked. The homemade elderberry syrup recipe below uses dry elderberries which is what most people have access to at the time of year we re needing to make homemade elderberry syrup.
For small children ages 1 5 1 2 teaspoons twice per day is good.
Elderberry syrup fresh berries. You have folk that seem to tolerate fresh elderberries surprisingly well whereas others have gotten very sick after consuming just a handful of fresh elderberries or dried ones. Properly cleaning black elderberries is essential to creating a great tasting black elderberry syrup. You can make it with fresh berries as well using the information in the recipe notes and using your favorite preservation technique to store it until you need it.
The first time i made elderberry syrup my friend tami harvested and processed a ton of berries into juice. Turning elderberries into a delicious lightly spiced syrup is incredibly easy. In this recipe however they are brought to the boil then simmered making them fine to eat or drink.
You can see how she processed the fresh berries into juice here she brought juice over later in the week and we set to work making syrup. Elderberry syrup is effective as an antiviral. 2 cups berries 1 4 cup water with dried berries.
1 part fresh fully ripe black elderberries see note for dried 2 parts water. 1 part raw honey check local farmer s markets or health stores optional. I recommend adults take 1 2 tablespoons of elderberry syrup 2 3 times per day at the onset of a cold or flu and throughout the duration of the illness.
Elderberry syrup can be frozen for later use in freezer safe containers. 1 2 cup berries 2 cups water 1 2 cup honey or more to taste 1 cinnamon stick 5 cloves 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh ginger. That amount can be increased as the child grows.
I bought a few pounds of dried elderberries on amazon that weren t too expensive so i could make this recipe. I have found that its best to set aside a day for the whole process especially if you want to make black elderberry syrup from fresh black elderberries. One thing remains clear heat destroys the cyanide precursors in both the juice and seeds of the elderberry which makes the whole berry safe to eat.
I also added the full amount of raw honey to the warm elderberry syrup. Homemade elderberry syrup steps. Combine berries water and spices in a pot.
Gather the fresh berries and make sure no stems remain. Homemade elderberry syrup ingredients. The following recipe yields one cup of homemade black elderberry syrup.
Double blind tests show that those who consume 1 tablespoon of elderberry syrup 4 times a day at the first sign of a cold or flu will lessen the duration and severity of the virus. I made no changes except for using half the amount of dried elderberries as fresh and leaving out the ginger root. Benefits of elderber ry syrup from fresh elderberries.
Small bit of cinnamon stick and or ginger root dried or fresh directions to make homemade elderberry syrup.