The Potent Power of Elderberry Syrup

Even though elderberries have been continuously used for medicinal purposes since ancient Egyptians walked the earth, they’re still an underrated, underused fruit in North America. What’s even more underrated? Elderberry syrup. Equal parts nutritional heavyweight and subtle culinary companion, elderberry syrup deserves a place in your kitchen.

Dueling Camps

There are two main approaches when you’re making an elderberry syrup. On one hand, due to the nutritional profile of elderberries, some people incorporate additional healthy ingredients like ginger or turmeric into their syrups to give it an extra boost. However, this changes the overall flavor of your syrup, limiting its culinary power. The second camp generally sticks with a simple mixture of elderberries, water, and a sweetener like sugar or honey to keep it as flexible as possible. Try testing out both to discover what’s right for you!

Nutritional News

With all this talk about the nutritional qualities of elderberry syrup, we wouldn’t blame you for seeking the specifics. Perhaps most importantly, elderberry syrup has been touted as an excellent way to prevent colds and flu. If taken in small doses, it can also stop coughs and help soothe sore throats! 

Keep It Going

Unfortunately, the peak season of elderberries (roughly May-November) ends just as flu and cold symptoms see a major rise. Luckily, you can create elderberry syrup all year round with a simple substitution. Instead of using fresh elderberries, just steep dried elderberries to rehydrate them and mix with with your chosen sweetener.

Culinary Champion

Once you’ve got you elderberry syrup prepped and ready to go, get experimenting! We’ve seen chefs drizzle it over vanilla ice cream, mixed it into smoothies, or even add it to create unique cocktails! As a general rule of thumb, feel free to add it anytime you’re looking to add a dash of sweet/tart flavors to the plate.