What Does the Plant Look Like
European elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is a large, originally Caucasian, bush. Its leaves are long and egg-shaped and it blossoms from May to June. The blossoms take form of bundles of small yellow-white blossoms with intense smell. Elderberry fruits take form of small black balls 3-6 mm in size and they ripe in August. This bush is common in the Czech Republic; we can find it alongside paths, along rivers and streams and in gardens.
What Does Elderberry Contain
European elderberry has many medicinal effects. We can use all parts of the bush to prepare medicinal mixtures, even roots. The flowers contain vitamin C, malic acid, valeric acid and, further essential oils, tannins glycosides and mucilages. The fruit also contains vitamin C, vitamin A and group B vitamins, pantothenic acid, acids, sugars, pectin. The leaves contain resin, calcium, glycosides, sambunigrin and sambucina.
Elderberry Healing Effects
Elderberry helps against sclerosis, regenerates liver cells and also helps to detoxify the body. Syrup and tea made from elderberry flowers is used for colds, tonsillitis, helps fever, cough and rhonchus, since it helps clear the airways and facilitate expectoration. Young sprouts in the form of poultice are used in gout, rheumatism and tendon diseases. Decoctions and baths with elderberry will also be used in migraines, muscle ache and sciatic pain.
We offer a number of popular recipes from elderberry blossoms; their preparation is quite simple and the resulting beverages are tasty and healthy.
Elderberry - Recipes
Elderberry Blossom Syrup I.
40 elderberry blossoms, 1.5 l water, 1.5 kg sugar, 2 lemons, 50 g citric acid
Boil the water with sugar and let it cool off. Put the cleaned blossoms in a 5-litre jar, layer sliced lemons in between them. Pour the cold sugar water and add citric acid. Place the jar in a cold and dark place for 3 days and rotate it every day. After 3 days, strain the mixture through a cloth and squeeze the blossoms. Bottle it.
Elderberry Blossom Syrup II..
40 elderberry blossoms, 4 lemons, 4 kg sugar, 40 g citric acid, 4 l water, anti-mold agent
Add the citric acid into water and boil. When boiled, let it cool down and add the elderberry blossoms with sliced lemons (including the skin). Let the mixture rest until the next day (24 hours). Then strain, add sugar and warm it up on mild fire until the sugar has melted down. Finally, add the anti-mold agent. Best served cold, diluted with water or soda.
Elderberry Blossom Syrup III.
15 elderberry blossoms, 40 g citric acid, 2 lemons, 2 l water, 2.5 kg sugar, 1 pack of Petol
Pour water over the blossoms, add the citric acid and sliced lemons. Let it rest for 3 days. Then strain, add sugar and warm it up on mild fire until the sugar has melted down. Add melted Petol into the syrup. Bottle it.
Elderberry Blossom Syrup IV.
30-50 elderberry blossoms, 2 kg sugar, 70 dkg citric acid, 2 l boiled water
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Elderberry Blossom Lemonade I.
5 elderberry blossoms, 3 l water, 1 lemon, 500 g sugar, 1 cube of yeast
Place the blossoms, sugar, yeast and half of a sliced lemon into water. Use the other half of the lemon to squeeze juice. Let it sit for 7 days in a warm place, then strain and bottle the mixture. Close the bottles and let them sit for 2 more weeks in a cool place. Then it is ready to be served.
Elderberry Blossom Lemonade II.
20 elderberry blossoms, 2 lemons, 4 l water, 700 g fine sugar
Boil the water and let it cool down. Then add the blossoms, sugar and lemon juice. Cover it and let it steep for 14 hours. Strain it and let it sit for 2 more weeks. Drink. Best served cooled.
Elderberry Blossom Lemonade III.
15 elderberry blossoms, 1 l water, ¾ l vinegar, 3 lemons
Boil the water with sugar and vinegar and let it cool off. Add the blossoms and the sliced lemons. Let the mixture sit in the sun for 3-4 days, then strain. Best served cooled.
Elderberry Blossom Lemonade IV.
10 elderberry blossoms, 2 lemons, 4 l water, 800 g fine sugar
Boil the water with sugar and let it cool off. Put the blossoms into a 5-litre jar, add the sliced lemon and pour the sugary water over it. Close the jar with a food foil; make some holes in it with a thick needle. Let the jar rest for 12 days in a warm and sunny place. Then let it sit for a few more days in a cool dark place. Strain the mixture and bottle it.
Elderberry Blossom Lemonade - Unsweetened
15 elderberry blossoms, 10 l water, ¾ l wine vinegar, 1 lemon
Boil the water and let it cool down. Pour the water over the blossoms, add the vinegar and sliced lemon. Pour the mixture into 5-litre jars and cover with a piece of cloth. Let these rest for 9 days in room temperature. Stir the drink twice every day. After 9 days, strain the mixture through a boiled cloth and bottle it. Make sure you close the bottles well. Let the bottled lemonade sit in a cool dark place for 10 more days. Best served cooled.
Pour half a litre of water over dried elderberry blossoms and boil for 3 minutes. Let them rest until the blossoms sink down to the bottom. We can sweeten it with honey, but sweetened tea as mild laxative effects. Drink warm tea several times a day