|Elderberries in September|
In March of this year, our family was hit hard with the flu. Wanting to strengthen our immune systems naturally, I thought of trying the elderberry-based herbal remedy, Sambucol. While I didn't find any at the pharmacy we frequent, the thought of finding and making my own elderberry extract remained appealing.
I decided to sweeten the elderberries with apples. So I peeled, cored, and cut up half a dozen apples, added some lemon juice, and tossed in what elderberries I had, which was about a handful. After letting the mixture simmer in the slow cooker on low overnight, I realized I needed to add water and more sweetener. I shook in some cinnamon as well, both for flavor and for its additional immune-boosting properties. Here is a list of all the ingredients used to make the elderberry applesauce:
- Apple slices
- Lemon juice
- Maple syrup
I certainly plan to make elderberry applesauce again--next year, since this was the end of the season. Next time I intend to pick the elderberries when they are juicier, rather than overripe. Also, I will not simmer the applesauce overnight, but rather keep an eye on the process, add more water, and stir it every once in a while so that the fruit cooks evenly. Also, I might try straining out the elderberry seeds. Nevertheless, I was happy with my first results, and hope that elderberries can help us stay healthier this fall and winter.