Elderberry

Quick and Easy Elderflower Syrup Recipe

With all the elder trees currently blossoming in some parts of the USA, why not make your own elderflower syrup ?

Elderflower syrup is not only delicious, but also has many health benefits.

They have been historically used for protection against respiratory bugs.

Science today has also demostrated the immune-modulating effect of the flowers.

Elderflowers contain many  flavonoids, particularly flavones and flavonols,  known for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Components like quercetin, isoquercitrin and anthocyanins, have also been shown to have antiviral properties.

Follow this simple recipe to make your own tasty elderflower syrup.

Ingredients:

Elderflower Syrup

Elderflower Syrup

  • 4 cups (1 liter) water
  • 4 cups sugar
  • Juice from 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons of citric acid
  • about 2 cups elderflowers (approx. 25-30 elderflower heads seperated from the stems)

Method:

  1. Rinse the flowers with some running cold water to get rid of any insects.
  2. Seperate the flowers from the stems into a large bowl.
  3. Boil the water and sugar in a large pot until fully dissolved.
  4. Turn off the heat and add the elderflowers, lemon juice and citric acid .
  5. Cover the pot with a clean cloth and let the mixture sit for 48 hours.
  6. Strain the mixture and bring the resulting liquid to a boil.
  7. Fill the hot syrup into bottles, seal them and let them cool.

Store in a cool place and serve by adding a few tablespoons of the syrup to a glass of water or other drink of your choice.

Enjoy!

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