Are you using the Sambucus nigra or Sambucus canadensis for your medicine recipes? Questions just like this one and all the others here can be answered there in greater detail. I never heat my berries. I like your thought process with the fresh berries. Phenolic compounds in plants are secondary metabolites. I really am so excited to have this wonderful harvest on my land and now I’m not even sure I can have any or did I do something wrong??? They are so small. Cedar Mountain Herb School is a member of the American Herbalists Guild and the American Herb Association. Should I avoid eating them and look into just jams and what not. Seems like a miracle, except to say the seeds do not release toxic materials until they are broken or crushed? Shall I assume you strained out the plant material after boiling and simmering? There was a hippy gentleman who attended regularly and brought all kinds of herbal wines – Oregon grape, dandelion, elderberry, I can’t remember what all he brought. xoxo. I’ve been teaching and working on the new website that will be launched soon. Michael Moore suggested 1 part plant material to 5 parts alcohol with dried plants. I know that I will be able to more easily assimilate the iron and calcium with acidic foods and menstrua. Welcome to the neighborhood! My query is whether it is safe to allow some stems In/to remain during the month of macerating in the fridge (BEFORE the final strain and addition of cinnamon, and ginger), or not. It’s when we eat them when they’ve been broken open via machines or pounding that we get into trouble. I will be offering tutorial/instructional videos this winter (2020). All the cool stuff! I appreciate your feedback since you are so knowledgeable. Then the herb gets a bad rap, which is unfortunate. You must cook them first or make an elderberry tincture.) Note also that cooking is not just important for making elderberries tasty, it neutralizes any poison contained in the seeds. I keep my oxymels on my apothecary shelves for 2 years, longer in the fridge. That worked really well. If there are more than a few green berries on a bunch, I leave that bunch to fully ripen. She is the primary instructor at CMHS and an adjunct faculty at Bastyr University. Which cooks the berries and seeds? I prefer to make fresh elderberry elixir and tincture every 2 years, just to keep on top of the good medicine. It is always so imperative to me, if I’m making medicine for anyone, whether myself, friends, family, or in the past, my customers, that I offer – again – the best medicine possible. We have a ton of elderberry trees on our property bc birds love them. And can you only add it to a cup of water or can you just take a teaspoon of it each day without adding it to water? What should I do if I do not have access to fresh elder berries? You, your family, and your friends will be very happy when you provide them with herbal medicine that works well! Hi Suzanne, You will also need some patience with elderberries, as it will take up to 3 years before they produce fruit. Our wild blue elder here in the Pacific Northwest/Inland West is Sambucus nigra ssp. Polyphenols help to positively influence the health of the gut ecology. I process mine by gently breaking open the skins, but never crushing the seeds. A half tablespoon? Thanks, Barb R, Hello Barb, Elderberry wine! Thanks for reaching out, I appreciate your story and wanting my thoughts. One of my pastors says, “When we know better, we do better.” Don’t beat yourself up, but do make sure to plan ahead to process your future harvests immediately. Some plants, such as elderberries, may have toxic substances in the some plants parts, but not in others. Fill a jar 1/2 of the way up the jar with fresh squished berries. The symptoms were severe gastric upset and diarrhea. I remove the bigger stems after picking, then freeze the lot. People confuse cyanide with the cyanins which is the blue pigment in the berries. They can’t run away or call the police or a doctor, so they devise ways to protect them including bitter tasting polyphenols, poisonous glycosides, prickles, and the like. Once a plant sits for a while, decomposition starts to happen and we lose some benefits. I’d be happy to talk more about it with you. a few years ago. Do you need my address for where to send a bottle???? He was very popular! Nope. I’m a big fan of Dr. Jim Duke’s phytochem website, where anyone can research constituents in plants. Can you tell me if rose hips can be treated in the same manner as elderberries. Do mash elderberries gently. Was the jar completely full to the top with alcohol? Thank you , Janie, You could try adding some fresh ginger as well. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Do you know if alcohol would kill Salmonella. I’m not completely sure what you’re asking, however. Antioxidants are a very large group of chemicals that have a wide variety of actions including antiviral, antiallergic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anticancer, and more. Your recipe sounds super tasty AND medicinal all at the same time! Scoring the elderberries, I mean. I use the skins as they contain so many of the healthy antioxidants. Please try that and let me know! In order to easily separate the elderberries from the rest of the plant material, freeze the harvest overnight. What do you think? s elixirs and oxymels take a month to macerate fully, you might want to get on this right away! My partner let it sit in a cupboard for 2 months and it is now off gassing. Thank you Suzanne. Suzanne – Thank you for all of your information. By not cooking the berries beforehand is it still safe to consume the wine as is? Is one better than the other in your opinion, Hello Mark! Thank you for your teaching and sharing it here. Guess what? Wild foods are packed with polyphenols! While I get that you don’t like using dried fruit if you were to chose between – gently heating fresh berries and freezing the juice or dehydrating berries and heating them later what would you choose? It does a good service to you and those you wish to give or sell your ware to, to pay attention to the plants you are interested in harvesting in order to keep an eye on best harvest times. Also he strained the tincture into a jar taking out the berries then he pressed the berries down in the sieve to drain out extra juices, do you think the seeds will have remained in their seed coats and kept the tincture safe to consume? There are as many opinions about elderberries as there are people who copy and paste. Hello Suzanne, I have tried not to panic when I used white gloves to hand squish my berries only to pull my hands out and see them covered with GREEN GOO. Always was leery of heating any plant products. Although, even Sambucus nigra must be fully ripe. I know many people make dried plant tinctures and get good results. The directions are on the article plus in comments below. How long was the steep? Is there any good use for dry elderberry’s? I will freeze the elderberries for up to 2 months. Malic and lactic acid. In a previous post, I shared how to make your own Elderberry Syrup using dried Elderberries! We grow about 60-80 lbs of berries a year, so the pies are a small sacrafic to the berry gods. And the second I say add medicinal mushrooms, many people will say, “Screw healthy lifestyle habits, I can just take mushrooms and that’s all I need!” Heavy sigh. Best day I’ve had in a long time! About pies: The black elderberries are cooked on stovetop first, then baked for 55 minutes. Thank you so very much for all of the information that you have shared in this article as well as in the comment section. The religious center staff has been advised that, while elderberries may be safe to consume, particularly if cooked (uncooked berries may produce nausea), leaves and stems should not be crushed in when making juice. Still don’t know how to get the skins in with that, as I always make my elderberry honey by mashing them, putting them not over halfway up the jar along with my other herbs and then filling the jar with honey. I don’t put them in smoothies. You are so generous. Thank you for your help. I’ll say it again; I’ve been utilizing fresh elderberry remedies as have my apprentices and students for years, and I’ve never once heard of a toxic reaction within my circle or the circle of my immediate peers. Homemade costs closer to $2.00 for 8oz! Are you talking actual brand or alcohol proof? Speak to me like I’m ten lol. Hello Debby! This all has bearing on my answer. Sure! Elderberries contain valerianic acid which is antispasmodic. Please make sure to read the part in the article about the lectins. Perhaps you could swap out the lemon juice portion with oxymel. Homemade herbal remedies, done correctly, have so many more advantages than when purchased. Finally an informative article on elderberries! Then thaw them out, run them thru a food processor? Looks like drying preserves the antioxidant content of elderberry pretty well. Well, you’ll get what you’ll get. Since I don’t know how to make wine, a question for you: does it involve cooking? we use this juice to make coconut ice cream sweetened with stevia or put it in our 9 berry smoothie with black currents, aronia, cranberry, raspberry, blueberry, elderberry, honeyberry, blackberry, and a few strawberry. Our daughter is a strict vegan and I am wondering if there is a honey alternative that would work for making this? Then put the juice and the honey/ginger…and maybe some cloves and/or citrus peels?? The seeds seem to be in tact and I get about 70% juice and 30% pulp/seed throw out. Wondering if I can add ginger,clove,cinnamon to the jar while maserating? Each nutrient has its limit as to heat and processing. Was it gallons and gallons of seeds? We don’t eat them daily and had some yesterday as well. To dry your elderberries, just stick them in a food dehydrator. 1. Drinking copious amounts of elderberry juice can give a person diarrhea and gastric upset. Hello Gordon! Hello Cyd, First, remove the berries from the stalks – you can do this quickly by using the prongs of a fork. People who wish to break open the berries use all manner of machines to do so, but it’s really not necessary with elderberries. When I read that, I thought, “Here’s a girl after my own heart!” Yes, I treat rose hips just as I do the elderberries, and always process them fresh. The fruit of the North American black elderberry is excellent for a variety of uses; it can be found growing wild in many areas, as well as in landscapes. Susan, I actually juiced my berries. I‘m not so sure about this, myself. Thanks for all of your info! In my case, if I’m using dried plant material to make a syrup, I use honey vs sugar. cmhs.link/njd That may be helpful to you. Are you on public sewer or septic? 10 minutes in a hot water bath reduces the anthocyanins by up to 10%. As I read about preserving the fresh compounds in elderberries, I thought about mixing blackberries and elderberries together. Thank you for your opinion. Included in my studies are menstruum – which is best to pull out a certain type of constituent, such as a polyphenol group, and preserve them for a certain amount of time. We added them to a mead we were making and was a little freaked out by everything on the internet saying that they were poison if not cooked for 20 minutes!!! Hello Sarah! Recently, I’ve received some emails regarding my 3-ingredient, ultra-simple recipe for homemade elderberry syrup which uses cooked elderberries. Any suggestions on improving my recipe would be appreciated. Freezer burn is certainly something to avoid, however, so no longer than 6 months in the freezer, well wrapped. If you use an oxymel, you could decrease the honey content to taste. You’ll see a list of constituents. Thank you very much. The appetizing look is deceptive since raw elderberries don’t really have much going for them in terms of taste. I will be offering a twice a month herb lab starting in December for $30 a month. How many times have we gotten sick and panicked? What are your thoughts and/or suggestions on using dried elderberries to make a powdered capsule or how would you suggest making elderberry powder? I strain out the seeds after I have cooked them. Any response you could give would be so greatly appreciated! Note: We also use elderberry 3 cups berry 2 cups gin, to make our amazing Elderberry Gin and Tonics. Firstly, I always wait until the plant part that I wish to harvest is ready to ensure effective medicine. Elderberries can’t be eaten raw like blueberries or raspberries; instead, they need to be processed in some way – either cooked or tinctured. To me, I honor the plant giving itself to me by utilizing as much of the medicine as possible. Herbal syrups made with these will keep for only a few days at best and must stay in the fridge.”. With gratitude. Loved reading all the comments and your advice. Suzanne. I see no reason why you couldn’t use the canadensis. 2. xo. 3. Cooking does degrade to destroy a portion of the nutritional content of plants. Honey is acidic and has its own benefits. Dried elderberries in 100 degree water would just rehydrate them, but much would have already been lost. We work hard to clean many off, but probably 25% remain. Hello Melissa and welcome! To answer your question, either one is fine, although I’ve never made fermented elderberry honey from dried berries. Sambucus nigra is an exception to the all-raw-elderberries-are-toxic rule. Local honey, if raw, adds value to remedies as well. Dried elderberries contain the seeds, yes. I’m throwing out all possibilities. Kitchen or exam gloves. The seed coats are pretty sturdy. I am going to be planting my own tree somewhere down the road, but that will take some time to begin producing the berries. Turn off the keep warm setting. Have fun and let us know how it turns out! We have a few elderberry bushes in our yard that my husband planted. There could easily been unseen bacteria or fungi flourishing during the long processing time. If this is all accurate, it suggests that ripe, cooked, seedless red elderberries are edible. This is the first time I’ve seen mention that even drying elderberries harms the compounds. Place the stems between the tines of the fork and pull. All tests came out negative. ), 9 pounds is too much to have on hand. I break open the skins of the elderberries and utilize the skins, juice, and seeds to make my remedies. I just picked them from the bush (dark purple) and are them one by one. Turn the vent to sealing. Strain and bottle, and enjoy in salad dressings or cooked dishes where the flavor of elderberry will add a fruity richness. You would certainly get some medicine and blackberries contain their own complement of antioxidants and sugars, but if I wanted to have pure elderberry medicine on hand, I would make that remedy with just elderberries. . I love your comment about murdering the fruit. We always process the plant material completely the same day as harvesting. If you’re not signed up for our newsletter, I suggest going to the homepage of the website, scroll down to get the free herbal first aid eBook, and you’ll be on our email mailing list. I do that all the time! Excellent question! xo. What proof alcohol did you use? Just pressing the berries in a sieve will not crush the seeds. Greetings Meghan! I know what you’re talking about. Hello Rosa! **how much honey should I put in? I don’t make the syrup, I make either the elderberry honey and/or elixir. Now, put a small amount of berries at a time in a bowl, and gently squish them to break open the skins, making sure to not break open the seeds. We must use common sense around cleanliness, avoiding contact with those affected by viruses, and using other immune and respiratory systems supportive herbs such as yarrow, lomatium, arrowleaf balsamroot, rosemary, oregano, and elecampane to name just a few. It was really useful and informative. This can cause upset stomach, diarrhea and vomiting. Its the stuff around/protecting the seed, but what does it contain? I expect that you wish to make effective medicine! Are these parts making the berry product less healthful? Not knowing the proof of the alcohol you used, it may not be strong enough to kill the bacteria. Please go ahead and read down on the comments to learn how I make sure there are no stems in the remedies. To note, I don’t use elderberries, either dried or fresh, to make elderberry syrup, preferring to make either an oxymel or herbal honey. Since it was cooked and well strained, no seeds or stems ended up in the syrup. An herbal medicine instructor for 30 years, Suzanne teaches with great passion and excitement, bringing her wealth of herbal knowledge to students in an engaging and vibrant manner. Thank you. If you go to my Plant Medicine Made Easy article, you’ll find full instructions on how to make an herbal syrup. What about worms in elderberry in the past on my a couple didn’t bother me this year as many as berries totally grossed me out so much I threw out whole batch. I know I say very lightly that I’ve eaten a few elderberries here and there and have lived to tell the tale, but we do need to be careful really, don’t we? I am still a bit confused on the seeds? To make sure that all of your elderberries are ripe enough to use, place them in a deep bowl or a pot and cover with water. The longer the cook and the more stems, the less I’d want to use the syrup. The seeds are strained out after the remedy is ready. I was so glad to read all of your posts. So I started making my own elixer? Hello Michael – thanks for your question! I will be teaching an online Phytochemistry for Beginners workshop this winter. Fill a jar 1/2 of the way up the jar with fresh squished berries. I’ve never had elderberry ferment in tincture form. Unfrozen, the berries might require a little effort to remove. But is there a chance it was my syrup? Glycerin is a champ at extracting tannins and other water soluble constituents, however, it is very weak at best at extracting most alkaloids and other constituents. Again, thanks for being such a great conversations about a berry we hope keeps us healthy and happy through thick and thin times. The rule of the all-powerful elderberry is simply to cook before eating. Thank you for all your great info, Hello Natalie! As you say, we’re still alive to tell the story. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26643726-effect-directed-analysis-of-fresh-and-dried-elderberry-sambucus-nigra-l-via-hyphenated-planar-chromatography/?from_single_result=26643726, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5325840/. or has the fermentation affected the active compounds and all around Elreberry magic? You can find shrubs at your local nursery or you can propagate an elderberry bush from both from seed and from cuttings. I recommend removing the stems before cooking as what is in the stems could easily end up in your end product. ❤️. Consider finding a good spot for harvesting and freeze the elderberries to use as needed. Thank you for your question! I suspect there were issues that were waiting for the last straw to become problematic. Hello, I made my very first batch of elderberry syrup harvested from our land. Are you saying that all those herbalists are wrong and elderberries can only be used raw for medicinal purposes? Your question is very appropriate to this post and I’m thankful you asked it. Have you had the chance to read all the comments and answers? I know that there are people who bake the blue elderberries whole in the pie, thinking that they will poop out the seeds unbroken. These emails from readers promoted a different recipe that does not cook the berries first. Most people heat their elderberries on the stove for much longer than 10 minutes at a much higher heat, which destroy a greater percentage of the healthful actions. I process mine by gently breaking open the skins, but never crushing the seeds. I have utilized many correct and reliable sources including Dr. Duke’s phytochem website and PubMed. I would have thrown out the wormy elderberries as well. Long boiling/simmering. Drop the rosehip flesh in a bowl of water. Greetings Jeff, thank you for your questions and for reading the article! You are here: Home / Cooking / Cooking With Elderberries: The Dos And Don’ts. We also make our own tonic water using a device uses Citric Acid and Baking Soda to made CO2. To note: While plants do have the ability to produce constituents that kill certain viruses, fungi, and bacteria, we don’t know that those constituents will kill COVID-19 as it is a new strain. They’re coming early this year….I’m convinced they know we need them! Whole berries will get you diddly. Depending on the membership, people will have access to my podcasts, articles, videos, and more. However, once cooked, elderberries can be made into jams, jellies, or even drinkable juice! As you click on the carot next to each constituent, you’ll see a list of the actions with science back up. need dried elderberries (unless you are blessed to have access to fresh elderberry In fact, the metal cutters of the machines have a much greater probability for crushing or cutting the seeds as well, which open them to let loose their constituents in the remedies. I can then use them in my workshops. Is that good medicinally, or should I just chuck the he extra blackberries in the freezer and enjoy them in the dead of winter? Those are the questions for which I do my best to give thoughtful and well researched answers. Cedar Mountain Herb School will be offering a 3 tiered membership starting in November. Thanks! xo. It’s the seeds that should not be eaten. Good luck with that in the long run. 2 parts honey and 1 part decoction. ????? The general rule is to use about half as much as called for in the recipe, when using dried instead of fresh. Most cinnamon in the stores is cassia, which does not serve the same purpose. Hi again! Thanks for tuning in on this article and bringing your questions here! As long as you didn’t reef on the berries like you would be pounding a nail into a wall, you would be fine. To answer your question, I would prefer zero stems in the finished product. They did a CT scan, blood work, urine test. Sometimes we have to let go and see how nature reigns beyond our wants and desires. Tightly cover the jar with a plastic lid, or with a piece of parchment paper between the metal lid and the vinegar if making an oxymel, and put it on a dish as there may be some leakage. While covid is the big “rockstar” at present, there are many other cold and flu viruses going around, any of which might have been the culprit. Any thoughts? The goo contains mucilage, which is so soothing to irritated tissues, which is exactly what I’m looking for when I have a virus with sore throat accompaniment. Some sites say that eating raw elderberries can be harmful, especially if eaten in large quantities.. Do you have any thoughts on this? I have been studying constituents in plants and the science/chemistry of them for many years. Did you break open the berries? I picked out for so long all red berries and stems but as they continued to thaw the juices were making them all look black!!! I’ll eat a few while I’m harvesting and processing them. Brandy and honey make an elixir, apple cider vinegar and honey make an oxymel. Yes, I do add dried cinnamomum verum and cloves and sometimes fresh lemon rinds/pulp and ginger to my oxymel and elixir. Niacin, which is anti-histaminic, anti-dermatitic, anti-dementia, and anti-vertigo. I’m not saying you talked yourself into being sick, neither am I discounting your symptoms and distress in any way. It is very helpful! Granted, I swirl them in my mouth to get the juice and skins and spit out the seeds. Thank you for your advice and time! Then I use the right proof of alcohol accordingly. You get at best a day in the fridge before they start molding. I am trying to decide between making elderberry syrup or fermented elderberry honey. Saw sambucus products on shelves at pharmacy. Can I use apple cider vinegar with the mother in it? I had severe cramping, diarrhea, nausea, sweating, and a little bit of stupor. This is my very first foray into the use of home made herbal concoctions. It is not. There is so much information on the internet and I understand that it can be confusing. I am curious how much honey you put in your jars? Thanks! In the past I cooked my elderberry syrup and other medicines. Also, glycerin is a fantastic medium for growing “things.” It’s one menstrua that I do not use. I’m so glad you found value in it! My 11 month old was also eating them. Thank you for sharing your research. The stems, unripe fruit and leaves are all toxic to humans. That‘s a good question! Cool beans, Elderberry! My point is that people will boil the hell out of the berries for much longer than 10 minutes. I got to thinking ..all this heat can’t be good ..and as you habe stated, it’s not. Please follow CDC guidelines. Sure heating kills the cyanogenic glycosides, but they’re only released if the seed coats are broken. I have a lot of homemade apple scrap vinegar(with shiny new mothers n the jars) with a pH around 3.5 to 4.0. After a Kabor Day harvest of the beautiful blue berries I spent the next day making jelly and liqueur. You can easily freeze the elderberry honey in small containers such as 4 ounce “gladware” or similar, or even ice cube trays. Again, I’m not a fan of dried elderberries. Antioxidant is a blanket name, really, for many groups of compounds in plants. Hey, the mistakes are how we learn, and I can tell you I’ve made more than my share! ( You have the patience of a saint). A bit here and there may be ok for some people, but ingesting the seeds in any real quantity is generally frowned upon. If you have elderberries still attached to their stems, freeze them on the stem then pick them off and place them into freezer bags. I often cook elderberries down into a syrup with turmeric, ginger and honey and add them to fizzy water for a mocktail. That would not be smart. While the seeds do have a hard seed covering, they can be broken when chewing or during the digestive process. To answer your questions: The thing I’d be concerned with is that in grinding the dried berries into powder, the seeds are also a part of that powder. Elderberries do better frozen than put in the fridge. I won’t go farther with my answers until I hear back from you. The residual hairs left on the hips will float to the top, and you can pour them off. I eat the berries raw when picking them, but not more than a few, and I always spit out the seeds. Did they drink red or blue/black elderberry juice? We only harvest the ripe berries. Oh the goo. If this happens add a cup of water at a … Everything you said was what I had always thought. Thank you for your question. Sure JJ! If so, it might be a little too labor intensive for me to pick them all out, but there’s always next year! Drying and heat do destroy many, but not all, of the bioflavonoids. Skim the floaters off and discard. If public, you could try a couple tablespoons of lye down the pipe, although you did say you used liquid plumber. I really want to make a syrup and not use alcohol and would like to know what process I can use to preserve as much of the nutrients as possible? I never eat enough to make a quantity, just a few during my first harvest. Thanks for all the information! The native dried elderberries chew like little berry kernels about the size of peppercorns. It also allows the iron and calcium in the decoction to easily enter our cells. Just more fun. Cook until the liquid has reduced to almost half, about 45 minutes. Honey is acidic and this acidic nature is what preserves the syrup (and elixir). I partially freeze delicate things til firm, then vacuum pack– and put back in freezer- wala no frost. 2. How full was the jar with berries before adding alcohol? Hello Lina, Thanks for your question! Thank you, and everyone else, for your patience! So happy to have found your page, very informative! My son and I scored a 5 quart basket of fresh elderberries at our local farmers market. My pleasure, dear. Also the recipe I used the past few years with dried berries also included echinacea, is that not really necessary? I can’t wait to try making the elixir and the oxymel, I always wondered if cooking would somehow degrade nutritional benefit while making syrup. A gentle crushing with a jar in a bowl is really all that’s necessary for opening the skins, releasing the juice, and leaving the seeds intact, which will then simply be removed after macerating in the preferred menstrua. After 5 days discarded the must and now left to do the fermenting. I wouldn’t say dried elderberries are “poisonous” per se, although we do want to practice moderation and caution. While commercial production of Tamiflu uses the shikimic acid in Star Anise, elderberries also contain this valuable substance. Hello Stephanie! How long did you cook the dried elderberries? The native dried elderberries chew like little berry kernels about the size of peppercorns. That’s all you’ll need to do! Let me know if you need more info! Sadly, we learn sometimes with the mistakes we make. That’s just me, though. What does poison mean, actually? Is it bad if few “raisins” end up in the mix? Amy. But just hoping there are better research done and published. We had early frosts and I didn’t want to lose the wild crop. I store elderberry elixir in the fridge and the straight up tincture in my apothecary cabinet. The berries will spend less time “cooking” but at a higher heat than stovetop. I‘m kind of stumped, to tell you the truth. What do you wish to achieve with that? Some require heat, some do not. Dear Suzanne, Hi! Also, since we utilize elderberries when sick or when those around us are sick, it’s best to stay hydrated. I keep my elderberry honey in the fridge, always. What you add to your elderberries is up to you. You won’t extract any of the polyphenols or other antioxidants as they are water soluble. Heat and drying, whether it is stove top heat, or drying with stoves, dehydrators, microwaves, or any other heat source can degrade to a degree or destroy many the flavonoids in plants (1). 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