Elderberries are not new, but using them in wellness products and recipes is something that is trending right now. If you have never tried elderberries, they are somewhat sour and somewhat sweet. They sort of remind me of a cross between a blueberry and a cranberry. Let’s look at why elderberries are good for you and then I will give you 10 awesome elderberry recipes to try them in!
Benefits of Elderberries
Elderberries, like most berries, have a lot of antioxidants in them. These aid in healthy cell reproduction. Elderberries also have been said to contain immune boosting properties as well. Elderberries are great for all sorts of recipes from syrups to jellies.
Where to Buy Elderberries
Elderberries are usually bought either fresh or dehydrated online or in bulk foods sections of stores. You can also grow your own elderberries, but they take a lot of water and cannot grow well in drought conditions. Since elderberries are native to the US, it is pretty easy to find starters for elderberries.
10 Awesome Elderberry Recipes
These Elderberry Cornmeal Muffins from Cauldrons and Crockpots are a perfect way to enjoy elderberries for dinner, snacks or breakfast.
Elderberry Tartlelettes from Almond Corner are a great way to enjoy this sweet and tart berry.
Kids and adults will love these Elderberry Juice Pops from Back of the Book Nutrition. They are super easy to make!
A great way to start your day would be with this Elderberry Smoothie from Homemade for Elle. It uses elderberry syrup which can be made or found in most health food stores.
Make your own Elderberry Syrup with this easy recipe from Real Food RN. It tastes really good!
You can make healthy gummies with elderberry syrup with this recipe from Naturally Mindful for Elderberry Gummies.
Do your kids like fruit leather? Make this Elderberry Blueberry Fruit Leather from Saved By Grace for them instead of store bought for a real treat.
Try some Elderberry Tea from Fresh Bites Daily for a good way to enjoy elderberries. You can have it hot or cold.
Make Elderberry Pie with this recipe from Namely Marly. Elderberries are just as versatile as blueberries in most cases, so this pie sounds amazing!
Try this recipe for Elderberry Jam from Simply Recipes. I love elderberry jam on biscuits. It is so good!
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Helen Sweany says
Once Mexican elderberry’s are established (approximately 2 years) they are drought tolerant. My area was in a 4 year drought and the elderberries did fine in our nature preserves and trails with very little rainfall in chaparral . Please encourage more people to grow this marvelous plant.