Recently I heard that elderberries are good at warding off cold and flu symptoms. We might need this, right? Then I found this article in Science News, May 2019, expounding the virtues of elderberries. "... compounds from elderberries exhibit multiple modes of therapeutic action against influenza infection."
Another source said that elderberries have been used for health purposes for over 2,000 years.
As a precautionary measure, I found an over-the-counter cold and flu preparation based on elderberries at Walgreens. It comes in several forms, but I got tablets that melt on your tongue. Hubby had a cough (no fever)... and I also tried them as a preventative. We agree, the taste is decent!
My most vivid memory of elderberries was making jelly with a friend. My father-in-law showed up one day with (surprise!) a HUGE box of elderberries. My friend Gwen and I worked together to make them into jelly. She had a baby boy in a high chair, and we gave him a single berry. He held it between his four little front teeth and bit. Deep dark purple juice squirted out, staining his lips and soon thereafter most of his face. He must have liked it, I don't recall a fuss. And the jelly was the best! Dark, flavorful, and yummy!
I wrote about elderberry jelly in 2014 and put the poem away... so here, for you, is its debut:
Pick some plumpish elderberries
Deeply purple, almost black
Cook them in a jelly pot
Make a jellied berry snack
Squeeze the berry juice out slowly
Bubble liquid 'til it's thick
Pour the jellied juice in jars
Pop the top on quick
Taste the deep rich berry flavor
I think no jelly could excel it
Wear your berry purple smile
Who cares that grape outsells it?
© Karen Eastlund
This info should be heeded:
I invite you to explore elderberries for health and eating pleasure. Check your farm stands, they often have elderberry jelly on their shelves. Elderberry wine is also mentioned, though I admit I have not tasted it.
It's Poetry Friday, so join the gang at Michelle Kogan's. She's highlighting a poem from The Best of Today's Little Ditty 2017-2018 in which I also have a poem. An honor, I'm sure!
Stay safe out there
And please take care.