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Elderberry Jam Recipe
| Elderberry Pie Recipe | Elderberry Popguns
The Elderberry is one of the most common fruit-bearing shrubs of North America.
To the Indians and American settlers, it was considered "the
medicine chest of the common people". Here in Oklahoma, boys on farms would poke the pithy centers from elder stems to make tubes for whistles, bean shooters, and
elderberry popguns (see sidebar). I've heard that the Ojibwe or Chippewa name for this amazing plant meant "popgun
There is no evidence indicating that the purported
health or nutritional benefits of elderberries are
imparted to any wine either made from elderberries
or containing elderberries. Nuyaka Creek Winery is
not implying that such a relationship exists.
The elderberry plant's tiny yellow and white blossoms do not appear until June or July when the days are very long. The flowers are followed by little berries that become deep purple or black, filled with
antioxidant rich crimson juice, when they ripen...usually
around August or September.
are edible when cooked. They can be used like blueberries in
pies, muffins, pancakes, teas and a wealth of other things. If
vinegar or pectin and plenty of sugar are added, they make good
jam and jelly.
The ancient Egyptians discovered that applying elderberry flowers improved the complexion and healed burns.
All parts of the elder have long enjoyed a strong medicinal reputation on their own merits, however, ONLY the berries and flowers are recommended for internal use today.
In fact, elderberries contain more vitamin C than any other herb except for black currants and rosehips!
Look at the nutrition values listed for grapes vs. elderberries,
in the table below, and compare.
from Encyclopedia of Medicinal Foods by Joseph M. Kadaus (Thorsons
Publishers Ltd., Wellingborough, Northants)
Vitamin A: 80 I.U. per 100 gm.
Vitamin B: Thiamine 0.06 mg.:
Riboflavin 0.04 mg : Niacin 0.2 mg.
Vitamin C: 4 mg.
Protein: 1.4 gm
Fat: 1.4 gm.
Carbohydrates: 14.9 gm.
Calcium: 17 gm.
Iron: 0.6 mg.
Phosphorus: 21 mg.
Vitamin A: 600 I.U. per 100 gm.
Vitamin B: Thiamine 0.07 mg.:
Riboflavin 0.06 mg : Niacin 0.5 mg.
Vitamin C: 36mg.
Protein: 2.6 gm
Fat: 0.5 gm.
Carbohydrates: 16.4 gm.
Calcium: 38 gm.
Iron: 1.6 mg.
Phosphorus: 28 mg.
Elderberry Jam Recipe
2 quarts crushed elderberries
¼ cup vinegar
6 cups sugar or honey
Combine berries, vinegar, and sugar. Bring slowly to
boiling, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves. Cook
rapidly until thick. As mixture thickens, stir frequently to
prevent sticking. Pour boiling hot mixture into sterilized
jars. Adjust lids. Process in boiling water 5 minutes.
Remove jars; cool and store. Yield: 6 half-pint jars.
Note: Elderberries should not be eaten raw. All
parts of the plant contain small amounts of the toxin
hydrocyanic acid which is completely destroyed by ordinary
Yields 6 Servings
2 1/2 cup Elderberries 1/2 c Sugar
1/8 tablespoon Salt
2 tablespoon Flour
3 tablespoon Lemon juice
Mix elderberries, sugar, salt and
lemon juice. Sprinkle with flour and dot with butter.
Put in an 8" pie crust and cover
with another crust.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice
Available at Nuyaka Creek Winery
to make Elderberry Popguns
Select a long straight stalk at least one foot in length, and then work to pull and push out the
spongy center. This is the barrel.
Next make a ramrod out of a piece of hickory. On the one end, leave the bark on for a large handle of about three inches.
Then cut (real kids whittle) the rest of the hickory into a long round stick-like section, slightly smaller in diameter than the barrel.
Take a piece of paper, soak it in water (real kids chaw their own
paper, on the spot) and make a wad which you insert into the end of the barrel so that it's fairly tight.
A second wad is then inserted into the opposite end.
With one swift shove of the Ramrod, the air between the wads is compressed to such a high degree that the first wad fires out with a satisfying bang!
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Nuyaka Creek Winery
35230 South 177th West Ave.
Bristow, Oklahoma 74010
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Dry and Sweet varieties of Elderberry Wine both made
from pure Elderberry juice with no grape juice added.
"There are two reasons for drinking wine...when you are thirsty, to cure it; the other, when you are not thirsty, to prevent it... prevention is better than
cure." -- Thomas Love Peacock