Some times as a family we go road hunting, I drive while my husband is looking for a buck, our three girls also help daddy look for a buck:) While road hunting this last season we kept driving by these bushes that had clusters of berries on them, I asked my husband if they could possibly be tiny grapes?? He said "no" in distracted hunter voice. :) I couldn't stop think about those berries and wondering what they could be, then we drove by a cute older couple picking these clusters of berries. I rolled down my window to ask them what kind of berries they were??? That's when I found out that Elderberries grow in Oregon:) Thank you Lord:) That's when I decided I really really loved road hunting!
We ended up picking 54 cups worth of elderberries this year. I am google freak, so I googled how to make Elderberry Syrup. This is how I make it.
Elderberry Syrup ~
2 cups Elderberries
4 cups water
2 cups Raw Honey
I put the elderberries in a pan with the water and let it simmer for about 35 minutes. Then I strain the seeds into cheese cloth, and take the juice and mix 2 cups of the elderberry juice (Cooled) with 2 cups honey in a quart size mason jar, put a lid on it then shake it up and put it in the fridge.
Its awesome on vanilla ice cream, but its also medicinal (Not for babies under 1 because of the honey). I also put it in plain yogurt for my girls, and they love it. I know it sounds like a lot of honey, but if you use raw honey it is super good for you so it just makes the syrup that much better for you:)
Picture Borrowed from Simply Recipes Blog
So far this year no one in our home has been sick, at all! And trust me we are surrounded by sickos! By this time last year (No elderberry syrup) my girls had at least 2-3 colds. So all that to say, this stuff is amazing.. But I give all the glory to the Lord God for creating elderberries, and guiding me to them:)
P.S. I also made some elderberry jam, it tastes amazing. If any one wants that recipe let me know:)