Elderberry Juice will save you from colds and flues this Autumn and Winter.
Run to harvest some before it is too late. They are ready to pick!
What is ElderBerry? Where to find it?
Elderberry is a plant which belongs to Adoxacege Plant Family, which was used by people across many parts of the World to heal all infections. You can see them at any leafy forest, park, at the lakes and rivers, close to roads and on the side of the fields….
Its nutritional benefits are the same, as they used to be in ancient times. Why not take the lessons from our ancestors and make some effort to prepare your own juice, syrup, chutney, jam, wine, that will have a healing property?
[…] The berries possess one of the highest antioxidant strength among edible berries, their antioxidant value largely comes from polyphenolic flavonoid compounds such as flavonoids isorhamnetin, kaempferol, quercetin, etc. Together, these compounds help scavenge free oxygen radicals from the human body, and thereby, protect it from cancers, aging, degenerative diseases, and infections.
The Elderberries are high in Vitamin-C is one of the powerful water-soluble natural antioxidants which works against the viral flu. It also helps boost immunity, healing of wounds, fight against cancers and required by the body for the repair of tissues and cartilage.
Elderberries are also incredible sources of vitamin-A vital for growth and development, cell recognition, vision, immune function, and reproduction helping the heart, lungs, and kidneys.
The berries also carry a relatively good amount of B-complex group of vitamins such as niacin, pyridoxine, folates and pantothenic acid. These vitamins work as co-factors for those enzymes that help in the metabolism of carbohydrates, protein, and fats.
Furthermore, they contain a good amount of minerals like calcium, potassium, manganese, iron and phosphorus. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. The body uses manganese as a cofactor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is essential for the production of red blood cells. Iron is required for red blood cell formation… […] (nutrition-and-you.com)
Go and pick yours the harvest time is nearly over?
5 kg peeled elderberry ( peel off the stalks and remove the green berries if any)
I use approx. 0.5 kg sugar for 1 kg of Berries ( in that case 2.5- 3kg of sugar)
5 glass of water
Couple of jars with Lid
Put the elderberries into a large pot, add half of sugar, water and cook under lid stirring occasionally until the elderberries start to boil. Leave in the pot for 24/h. Strain the berries through a sieve. The sieve must be dense … otherwise, use the cotton cloth and, squeeze the berries inside, letting the juice come through …
When all is ready, heat the juice on its own again but do not boil, add the second part of sugar and let it dilute. Here you can change this sugar for organic honey. Make sure you dilute it in temperature less than 40 degrees, to not to waste the honey nutritional benefits.
Pour the ready juice into clean jars, close with lid and place upside down in the pot filled with water (jars do not have to be fully covered 1/3 is enough) and boil for 5-8 minutes. Remove, keep them upside down on the table until they cool down.
You can drink it every day to boost your immune system, one spoon a day will make you not getting any flu this year!