Elderberries have long been used as a go-to remedy for treating and preventing all kinds of ailments. The berries and flowers of elderberry are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that may boost your immune system. They can help tame inflammation, lessen stress, and help protect your heart, too. Some experts recommend elderberry to help prevent and ease cold and flu symptoms. You will find more and more cold remedies touting the addition of elderberry.
In Montana, elderberries grow wild along creek bottoms and ripen in September. Driving mountain roads on cool fall days is a family tradition. Picking elderberries can be fun, but cleaning them, not so much! While the berry has amazing health benefits, the leaves and stems are poisonous. This means a meticulous stripping of the elderberry cluster to separate the berry from the leaves and stems.
Our elderberry jam is a great addition to smoothies for an antioxidant boost, peanut butter sandwiches, pancakes and French toast. We pick our elderberries in the fall so when our jam is gone, it is out of stock until the following September.