Harvesting Elderberries

Here’s the way some of my elderberry bushes looked this summer. The elderflowers are especially good for treating fevers, respiratory and sinus problems.

Now the flowers have turned to berries and some are ready to harvest!  I can’t wait to gather enough elderberries to make my elderberry syrup!

The berries are not ready to be picked until they are a deep purple color.  Some of the berries are still red, but some have turned purple.  Be sure to get the purple ones before the birds do! ๐Ÿ™‚  I gather the purple ones as they ripen and store them in a covered container in the fridge until I have enough to make my syrup.  They can also be dried or frozen for longer storage.

As you can see on the cluster below, some of the berries are still a green color.  I plan to check on them often to get them as soon as they are ripe.  Elderberries are the perfect remedy for treating and preventing the flu.  They are an amazing immune booster to help any and all sicknesses too!  For prevention, I administer elderberry syrup once a day.  For sickness, I normally give hourly; for severe sickness give doses every 15 minutes.  You will be amazed at the results!!  If you don’t have your own elderberries, you can purchase them at the Bulk Herb Store.

Do you have your own elderberry bushes? How do you use them?

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  1. says

    Too funny my husband and I were just talking about this, this morning. Our neighbors across the road have bushes, my husband talked to him to see if we could have them. He told us that they grow wild in this part of Louisiana, so I think we need to take a herb walk.

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