Traditional and Modern Use of Elder

Elder is a valuable wild edible tree or shrub. Its berries have a cornucopia of uses. Common Name Elder Scientific Name Sambucus nigra Family Adoxaceae Botanical Description A small tree or shrub growing up to 10 m. The bark is brownish grey, deeply furrowed and gnarled in appearance. The leaves are long, oval and slightly … Read more

Elderberry & Nettle Honey Elixir

With Autumn definitely on its way, and the sun starts setting early, now is the perfect time to give you body a boost with this delicious, nourishing and health-boosting elixir. I’ve been making it for quite a few weeks using dried elderberries from last year, and dried nettle that I had gathered this Spring. I … Read more

Prince of Wales Ketchup Recipe

If you love elderberries then the chances are you will have come across Pontack sauce. Pontack is a Worcestershire sauce mimic, yet few have heard about Prince of Wales Ketchup. I rooted around to find the original Prince of Wales Ketchup recipe and trace the history of it. For years I had loved Mrs. Beeton … Read more

Elderberry Balsamic Vinegar

This Elderberry Vinegar Recipe makes a unique alternative to traditional Balsamic vinegar. Deep, rich, and beautifully smooth it goes extremely well as a salad dressing. It can also be used as a ‘hot toddy’ to ward of the Winter sniffles. Further Reading: Traditional and Modern Use of Elder Elderberry Vinegar Recipe Ingredients 400g ripe Elderberries … Read more

Elderflower Champagne

The fine summer we have had this year means the Elderflowers (Sambucus nigra) are heavy with pollen making them ideal to make Elderflower Champagne. This recipe is very easy to make, so get cracking as the window of opportunity is closing fast and the Elderflowers my way are turning already. This is a work in … Read more

Elderberry Cordial Syrup

The Elderberries (Sambucus nigra) are abundant this year. Great bunches of them are hanging off the branches, bowing down almost begging to be picked and made into an Elderberry Cordial Syrup. As humans, we can benefit a lot from Elderberry culinary delights. In folklore, Elderberries have been used as a protection against influenza. World-renowned Israeli … Read more