E is for Elderberry
Elder (Sumbucus) leaves, bark, roots and berries in their raw condition are poisonous. The culinary use lays in its syrup, which is derived from the berries, as well in creations of jams, jellies, sauces and pies. Eating the cooked berries by themselves is not advised as they are bitter on their own. Elderberry wine is, on the other hand, is quite delicious. The only other edible part of the elder is its white flower blossoms, which can be deep fried, in a light batter.
Matches well with: Jams, jellies, pies, simple flour batters, sweets in general.
Healing Properties: boost the immune system and calms colds and coughs, the flu, as well as tonsillitis. It can also lower cholesterol, and improve vision.
Magical properties: protection against negativity, induces wisdom and is used for house and business blessings.
If you are looking for high quality, organic elderberries, check these out: Elder Berries Whole Organic – 1 lb,(Frontier), perfect to make your own syrup.
Here is a video to show you how simple it is to make Elderberry syrup at home: