One of the healthiest and cheapest jams to produce is the elderberry jam, as it grows in many places in our environment. My mom made a divine lemonade out of elderflowers. We couldn’t wait for the white umbrella flowers to bloom, because then she soon made syrup or lemonade out of it. Moreover, by dipping the well-washed umbrella flowers in pancake mix and then frying them out, we can conjure up a heavenly delicious very rare sweet on the plate.
However, we ignored the black fruit of the elderberry for a long time out of ignorance. I can honestly confess the fruit of the elderberry we didn’t use until my mother started working in a self-sufficient horticultural school.
The vocational school also had a dormitory and sought to create self-sustaining farming, which was also taught to the students. On the school grounds, the students produced vegetables and fruits and they received many good ideas for their use courtesy of the school. Once the elderberry was well ripe, the black berries were collected and made into delicious jam and syrup.
With the help of the school chef, the students made these delicacies themselves, which they used on the dorm menu. And the students brought the knowledge and experience gained here to their parents and relatives living several kilometers away, so more and more households started to use elderberry as well. It is worth planting elderberry bush and thus the herb containing undeservedly neglected valuable nutrients will be available continuously.
Fortunately, the elderberry grows in the wild, so it can be obtained for free on a trip and a walk, and you don’t have to spend much to make a delicious jam. I’m sure anyone who tastes it will have a hard time giving it up because that taste is captivating.
Elderberry is also so popular abroad that it also played a big role in the Royal Wedding of Prince Henry and Megan, which were held a couple of years ago. A particularly delicate and magical plant used to flavor Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding cake, which had a lemon elderberry cream.
Ingredients for elderberry jam:
- 50 dkg of elderberries – let’s just pick black berries
- 30 dkg of sugar
- 1 dl of water approximately
- 1 packet of jam fix or gelatin
- 50 dkg apples – even without apples it is just as delicious
- 1 lemon
- 1 packet of vanilla sugar
- ground cinnamon
Well-ripened black elderberries, like redcurrants, should be pulled off the stem with a fork and then poured over as much water as will cover it. Very important! Be careful when picking, because the stems of the berries are thick with tiny black beetles, don’t even pick them because it’s very hard to wash them. Only the black berries are good, on which even lighter colors are not appropriate, let them be discarded!
Any elderberries that come to the top of the water must be discarded. Wash the elderberry in at least two or three juices, then put it in a filter, and when it has drained well, put it in a bowl and pour the lemon juice on it and pour it over the water. If we find a non-black berry be sure to throw it out because it can be slightly toxic !!
Add the sugar, vanilla sugar and sprinkle it with a little cinnamon. Peel an apple, grate it and stir in the elderberry. Boil it while stirring. Cook it for approximately 20 -25 minutes, while the elderberry grains collapse slightly. Once the apple has softened, remove from the heat and sprinkle with jam fix or gelatin, mix it well, then spoon into clean jars. Set the jars on their heads for a few minutes, then invert and allow to cool.
Ingredients for elderberry lemonade in a 5 liter bottle:
- 10-13 large elderflower umbrella
- 1 lemon
- 60 dkg sugar – stivia, birch sugar can also be used instead of sugar
Into the well-washed bottle I 4 l of water add the sugar and citric acid and mix it well. Before I put the flowers on the top I look through the flower so that they haven’t got lice, I rinse the stem well but not the flowers and then I put them in the mixture with the flowers down. Slice the thoroughly washed lemon with its skin and put it among the flowers. It has to be covered, I mature it for 2-3 day while stirring twice a day. Then I filter it and store it in the fridge.
Ingredients for elderberry syrup for 5 liters:
– 18-22 large elderflower umbrella
– 4.5 l of water
– 1kg of sugar -stivia, birch sugar can also be used instead of sugar
– 1 lemon
– 3-4 g of citric acid
Pour the warm sugar syrup into the well-washed bottle – put the sugar in 2,5 l of water and boil it, then thicken it a bit, then slowly add the rest of the water and let it cool down. I put the washed flowers in the bottle with flowers down, put the lemon rings and citric acid among the flowers. I mature in a cool place for about 4-5 days, filter it and store in jars in the fridge.
Those who like to experiment can feel free to add a few slices of ginger as well.
The magical power of elderberry, what you should know about it, black elderberry-Sambucus Nigra is a real treasure.
It contains vitamins A, B, and C, minerals, pantothenic acid, calcium, folic acid, iron, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus, among others. It also contains antioxidant flavonoids, which are very important for our body.
I really avoid artificial coloring, with the elderberry we get a natural food coloring for our cakes and their creams and with it we get all the good effects at the same time.
General beneficial effects of the elderberry:
– immune system booster
– strong antioxidant effect
– may lower your cholesterol
– anti-aging effect
– mild diuretic
– kidney protector
Effects of using elderflower:
– sweating, antipyretic, in cooling conditions
– expectorant, cough suppressant
– mild laxative
– mild diuretic
– vascular wall amplifier
Effects of elderberry consumption:
- Medicinal jam: antiperspirant, antipyretic, immune booster
- Laxative, diuretic
- Painkillers in case of colds, migraines
Important to know!
The black elderberry is related to dwarf elderberry and red elderberry which are not suitable for consumption. The dwarf elderberry has an unpleasant odor if we tear off its leaves, the stem is dying every year, the edible black elderberry has a woody stem. The red elderberry is distinguished from black elderberry by the color of the fruit, the fruit of red elderberry is deep red. Its confusion with its companion usually causes mild plant poisoning with vomiting and diarrhea.