It’s no secret that elderberries are a superfood with many undisputed health benefits! These tasty elderberry recipes will leave you with tons of ideas of how to use these immune-boosting wild berries.
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Health Benefits of Elderberries
Let’s be honest, the best way to use herbs is to let your “food be your medicine.” I mean, you have to eat anyway, right?
With their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, immune-stimulating benefits, elderberries can be made quite flavorful and are easily incorporated into a variety of recipes and remedies.
They can be made into anything from rustic or decadent desserts, candies, cocktails or fermented beverages, breakfast dishes, or preserved in jams, jellies, and more.
Remember, raw elderberries can upset your stomach when consumed in high quantities. The glycoside content that can cause issues is reduced when the berries are cooked or fermented.
Where to Find Elderberries
Elderberries are abundant and easy to learn how to forage. Freezing the berries before processing or using a fork to run through the umbels makes easy work of removing the stems.
But if you missed the window to harvest elderberries, or can’t find any in your area, you can purchase dried elderberries from Mountain Rose Herbs.
70+ Elderberry Recipes to Support Your Immune System
This Hedgerow Martini sounds like the perfect way to take your elderberry syrup at the end of a long day at work when you’re feeling run down and like you might be starting to come down with something.
Elderberries make fantastic wine and you can make your own Elderberry Wine at home.
Elderberry Coridials are a spicy, immune-boosting adult version of elderberry syrup made with ginger, cinnamon, and rose hips.
But I admit I’m partial to Elderberry Mead which is a naturally fermented honey wine. It’s an excellent holiday drink when mulled. Celebrate and stay healthy!
Elderberry Smoothies made with elderberry juice, grapefruit, blueberries, raspberries, and mangoes would be a great way to start the day!
Indulge yourself guilt-free and enjoy beautiful, rich desserts with these elderberry recipes! This Elderberry Curd Mandala Tart made with a chocolate crust is beyond decadent.
Whoever said you can’t have your cake and eat it too was dead wrong! Red Wine and Elderberry Pears with Ginger Cake turns pears a glorious crimson color for the perfect fall dessert.
Keep it simple with an Elder Almond Pound Cake or you can bake Elderberry Confetti Cake with Elderberry Plum Curd. Check out the ombre frosting on that one! So cool!
If you’re more of a pie person, we’ve got more than a handful of elderberry recipes for pie to share there too. These Plum & Elderberry Syrup Hand Pies are a must-bake! Love that late-summer fruity combination, it’s perfect!
Or you can simply showcase the pure berry flavor with an Elderberry Pie, a gluten-free Elderberry Cobbler, or Elderberry Honeycomb Cream Pie which is like a custard pie made with elderberry preserves. I love the fancy honeycomb top. What an easy trick!
Main Dish Elderberry Recipes
Elderberries aren’t just for sweets! The color on this Warm Elderberry Soup is stunning!
You can make some main dishes with all of that berry goodness too. If you’re a red-meat lover, try Venison with Elderberry Pan Sauce or Beef Tenderloin with Elderberries. Both sound delicious and are elegant enough to serve to company!
Unless it’s game night. Then you’re going to want to bust out the Elderberry Buffalo Wings!
Is there a better way to start your day than with a superfood? Top your pancakes with Elderberry & Blueberry Yogurt Whip.
Tuck some Elderberry Jam filling into Banana Coffee Cake Muffins. Or toss some berries into Elderberry & Einkorn Scones made with wholesome ancient grains.
Bake up some quick Elderberry Muffins and entice the children with that crumbly streusel topping.
I don’t see why Elderberry Chia Pudding wouldn’t be a great way to start the day, especially if you’re feeling crummy and don’t have much of an appetite. Sure is a lot healthier than many other “breakfast” foods.
I wouldn’t mind waking up to Stewed Elderberries with Baked Semolina or a simple Elderberry Compote beautifully swirled into Greek Yogurt.
Elderberries are easily made into many herbal remedies. And since elderberries are so beneficial to our health, thankfully they’re pretty tasty remedies too!
Elderberry Juice is the base for many of the remedies so that’s a great place to start.
Fermented Elderberry Honey is such a sweet way to soothe a sore throat and calm a cough and thanks to the elderberries and raw honey, you’ll be feeling better in no time.
Elderberry Oxymel is similar with the addition of raw vinegar if you feel you need some extra probiotics as well.
But let’s not forget the good, old-fashioned, trusty Elderberry Syrup. My recipe gets a boost by incorporating beneficial echinacea and goldenseal. Echinacea is also featured in my Elderberry Tincture recipe.
Elderberry Recipes for Kids
Since many kids aren’t too keen to take their medicine, even if it is as yummy as elderberry syrup, you still have options to sneak it in there!
Elderberry Popsicles are great, especially if you’re having a hard time getting the poor little one to drink anything. Not many would turn down a purple popscicle!
Elderberry Vinegar Honey Caramels mix elderberry infused vinegar and honey to make sweet anti-viral candies.
Or you can make little chewy Elderberry Gummy Bears with grass-fed gelatin and no artificial food dyes!
If your child isn’t too sure about this whole elderberry thing, you can break them in slowly with Elderberry Thumbprint Cookies.
They certainly won’t pass by Homemade Elderberry Marshmallows either.
Personally, I’d try making Elderberry Syrup Power Balls with dried cherries, chia seeds, toasted hazelnuts, and, of course, elderberry syrup. Cookies for mommy… and then maybe I’d share.
Elderberry Lollipops are perfect for sick children with sore throats that need some soothing (plus they just sound delicious!)
If you’re lucky enough to have come across a big yield of elderberries while foraging, you’ll need a way to preserve them. Thankfully, you have lots of choices!
Elderberry Powder is a new idea I’d never heard of before! It’s a great way to sprinkle a little tart flavor and immune system boost to your meals. Or you can incorporate it into many of the other recipes we’re sharing here.
Elderberries are wonderful candidates for all of your preserve-making ventures. You can make Sugar-Free Elderberry Jam sweetened with stevia! (Sugar-free is always a great choice when your immune system is down in the dumps.)
Elderberries mix well with other fruits when you’re making a jam. Try Elderberry Peach Jam, Elderberry Strawberry Jam, or the one I’m most excited to try, Elderberry Apple Jam. A great use for early season apples that will be ready around the same time elderberries ripen.
You can also preserve not-quite-rip elderberries as homemade capers! What a novel idea!
What is your favorite way to enjoy the benefits of elderberries?