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Hedgerow Foraging - 5 Uses of Elderberries

In autumn there is an abundance of elderberries around ; I had always been led to believe that if there were a lot of berries that we were in for a hard winter - let's hope not!

Elderberries contain Vitamin C and are a good source of antioxidants so take advantage of the booty by making some homemade goodies ( but leave some berries for the wildlife )

Elderberry Jam by Lavender & Leeks

Spend an autumnal afternoon knocking up some elderberry jam and then imagine it slathered on toast whilst you sit beside a roaring fire.!

You could of course mix this with sparkling water for a refreshing soft drink......or you could make it into an Elderberry Kir Royale......hmm, which shall it be??

Elderberry Syrup by Love and Olive Oil

Be one step ahead of cold and flu season by topping up daily with a spoonful of elderberry syrup.

Elderberry Wine by Wineturtle

Ok, so it won't be ready for at least a year, but it will be worth the wait.

Hedgerow Ketchup by Mary Cadogan for BBC Good Food

Jazz up your plant-based bangers with some ketchup using fruits from the countryside.

Hopefully I have shared some ideas that you haven't thought of before - don your wellies, get the dog and head out to do some foraging x

It’s very important to note that only ripe, cooked elderberries are safe to ingest, whereas leaves, stems, red (unripe) and raw fruit can contain trace amounts of toxic substances that cause side effects such as nausea and vomiting. Stay safe by removing all those potentially harmful parts before using those delicious elderberries for various recipes!

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