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Elderberry syrup with wine

  1. Elderberries are well known to most people. The dark, purple fruits of Sambucus nigra hang in abundance from the capricious elderberry bushes from September, the berries must be picked well ripe. Not only because the taste is better, but also because the unripe, green berries can still contain some poisonous hydrocyanic acid compounds.

Picking elderberries and cleaning them

  1. For about a liter of kite syrup, pick 4 to 5 bunches that are preferably as ripe as possible. Choose beautiful dark trusses, with as few light-colored berries as possible in between. Elder bushes and elder clusters often harbor all kinds of insects. Therefore, first rinse the trusses completely, the easiest way is to place them in a sink full of water, for example, until they are completely submerged. Dip the trusses back and forth in the water a few times and then take them out again

Making kite syrup

  1. Now pour red wine into the container until the berries are covered. Experiment with the type of wine to adjust the taste if you want to use the syrup as a lemonade drink as well. Using a fork or spoon, crush as many berries as possible into the wine, until the seeds float to the top. This improves the contact between the berries and the wine. Close the container and let it stand for 1 to 2 days.

Elderberry for colds and flu

  1. Fly syrup is a classic remedy for colds and especially viral infections such as the flu. You can make a grog, a kind of mulled wine, by heating this diluted syrup, possibly adding some extra cloves, cinnamon or orange and drinking it very warm. Of course, this syrup diluted with sparkling water is also suitable as a lemonade and can also be used in yogurt, pudding or on pancakes.

Scientific research with elderberries

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