Monday, March 4, 2013

Elderberry Syrup for Pancakes

I made this elderberry syrup for my friends and family that eat pancakes. Since I am not eating grains these days I didn't get to try it on pancakes. But it got great reviews from my family and friends. Elderberry is known to have anti-viral qualities so it's great to use in the winter when we are all protecting ourselves from the colds and flu flying around. We have been lucky enough to not get ill this season.
I used dried Elderberry, local honey and organic maple syrup. Here is the recipe:

Elderberry Syrup
1 cup dried Elderberries
2 cups water
1 cup local honey
1 cup Maple syrup

Bring the Elderberries and water to a boil and then turn down to a simmer. Simmer for about a half hour, liquid should reduce by about half. Then mix in honey and maple syrup. Pour into sterilized jar and refrigerate.
Here are a few fact about Elderberry, from this website:

Black Elderberry Facts

  • Black Elderberry has been found to be effective against the H5N1 strain of Avian Flu (Zakay-Rones et al 1995)
  • Black Elderberry contains a unique compound called Antivirin® that can help protect healthy cells and inactivate infectious viruses
  • When given to patients, scientists have found that Black Elderberry has the ability to ward off flu infections quickly (Zakay-Rones 2004)
  • Black Elderberries are rich in anthocyanins which are a type of flavonoid – anthocyanins are antioxidants that may protect cells from free radicals and support your body’s immune system
  • Black Elderberries have almost 5 times as many anthocyanins as Blueberries and twice the overall antioxidant capability of cranberries
  • Black Elderberry has a more potent antiviral effect than Echinacea

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