Elderberry is one of the most commonly used plants in the world for medicinal purposes. Native American communities used it to treat infections and Egyptians used to heal burns. Nowadays, it is mainly utilized to treat cold and flu symptoms.
Sambucus, also known as Elderberry, is a genus of flowering plants in the Adoxaceae family. The Elderberry tree grows in temperate to subtropical regions of the world and mostly present in the Northern Hemisphere.
Benefits of Elderberry
These little berries are packed with health benefits for your body. In folk medicine, the Elderberry flowers and leaves have been used for pain relief, to treat inflammation, and to stimulate the production of body fluids. The bark was used as a laxative, diuretic, and to induce vomiting; the dried berries or juice are used to treat headaches, cases of flu, infections, sciatica, dental pain, as well as a laxative and diuretic.
Elderberries are high in dietary fiber, phenolic acids (powerful antioxidants), Vitamin C, flavonols (they play a unique role in protecting the brain), and anthocyanins (that are potent antioxidants with anti-inflammatory effects).
It also has been found to reduce symptoms caused by the influenza virus. It has been commercialized in various forms, including liquids, capsules, and gummies.
Amongst other health benefits, Elderberry has been found to have some properties that may contribute to cancer treatments, fights against harmful bacteria, against UV radiation, and may have some antidepressant properties.
While widely beneficial for the body, they are some small risks associated with its uncontrolled consumption; if it is consumed in large quantities, it may cause stomach problems. And, just as in apricot seeds and almonds, the elderberry plant contains insignificant amounts of cyanogenic glycosides, which can release cyanide. Luckily these toxic substances found in the berries can be safely removed by cooking.
Elderberries: Flavor Profile
Fresh elderberries have a tart taste, and they can be tangy or in cases bitter. They are often used in jam or jellies, but most commonly these berries are used to make a flu-preventing syrup.
Elderberry Syrup Recipe
Cook ½ cup of elderberries in 2 cups of water with ginger in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 45 minutes until the liquid is reduced in half. Strain and remove the berry skins; allow to cool to room temperature, then stir in, a ½ cup of honey (palm sugar or maple for a vegan syrup) and store in a sealed glass container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
About Our Elderberries
Our delicious and nutritious elderberries come from a community with over 40 years of experience located in Austria. We work directly with the best growers all over the world to assure that we are bringing to your table the freshest, most vibrant, and exotic spices. They are purchased directly from harvest and stored in climate-controlled conditions to ensure freshness and preserve their nutrients. The intense flavor, color, and aroma attest to their freshness.
Why Burma Spice?
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