August 17, 2013
Found elderberries at the farmers' market this morning. Never cooked with them before, but I brought them home and began to contemplate what to do with them.
Washing these tiny berries is a pain – lots of stem, and the berries themselves are no bigger than bb's But they have a wonderful bitterness – think very tart blueberries, or slightly sweeter cranberries – and would probably make an excellent pie. But I have it in mind to make elderberry syrup instead.
David Lebovitz has what looks like a very fine recipe here, and he has yet to let me down.
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Kevin West’s new canning and preserving book, Saving the Season, also has an elderberry syrup recipe that’s divine!
LOVE some elderberry! We take it daily, the entire family that is. Prepping for flu season now by taking it!