It's that time of year – elderberry time (and I have the purple fingers to prove it).
We're fortunate enough to have plenty of trees close by from which we can forage (don't worry– we follow the rules, only taking a third therefore leaving plenty for regrowth). This year I found the trees heavy with berries, branches sagging under their weight, which meant plenty of cordial for us!
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Place your elderberries in a large pot. Fill with water, just enough to cover the berries. Simmer until the juice has bled from the berries. Strain, reserving the juice. Add honey while the juice is still warm (we add 1/2 cup honey for every 2 cups juice but that's personal taste). Freeze in jars.
The cordial makes a nice warm tea in the winter, providing us with all sorts of good things. For sore throats and coughs we take it "straight up", by the spoonful.
This year we're also experimenting with making our own elderberry tincture for those nasty winter respiratory colds and flus. It should hopefully be ready in a couple of months – just when we'll all likely need that little boost of vitamin C.