How to Prepare Elderberry


A flowering herbaceous shrub, the elderberry thrives throughout temperate and continental climates worldwide. The berries of the same name, produced by the elderberry shrub, contain flavanoids, tanin, amino acids and an assortment of vitamins and minerals. Commonly used as an herbal remedy for yeast infections, colds and a variety of ailments, elderberry adds its beneficial properties and sweet flavor to a number of recipes. Preparing elderberry syrup at home is a simple process that allows you to experiment with its sugary taste.

Step 1

Pour about 4 cups of water into the sauce pan. Turn the heat on the stove to medium.

Step 2

Add the sugar and elderberries to the pan of water.

Step 3

Cook, covered, for 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 4

Stir the mixture and mash the small berries. Allow the berries to cook for another 30 minutes, uncovered.

Step 5

Pour the hot elderberry syrup over an angel food cake. Top it off with a heaping dollop of heavy whipped cream.

Things You'll Need

  • Fresh elderberries (2 cups)
  • Sugar (1/2 cup)
  • Heavy whipped cream (1 cup)
  • Angel food cake
  • Saucepan (medium)
  • Plastic spoon


  • Herb Wisdom: Elderberry
Keywords: preparing herbs, elderberry desserts, herbal recipes

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