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Foraging Friday: Elderberry Cordial

Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 01:09 PM

We had a lovely letter from one of our Woolly friends, Sue Stevenson the other day, telling us how much she’d enjoyed Granny’s Elderflower Cordial and wondering if granny had anything similar up her sleeve for making use of all those wonderful abundant elderberries that are everywhere at the moment.


So I gave granny a call and we had a very interesting conversation about why cordials were such a good thing to have a go at: you can be really creative with them, they keep for a long time… everyone likes them and they’re absolutely delicious, hot or cold. They’re also great for making up cocktails, or adding to some white wine to make a kind of forager’s Kir, or champagne or cava to make Kir Royal (ooh swish!)

Elderberries are good for you too it seems, in fact there are numerous documented uses of the medicinal benefits of elderberries  including lowering cholesterol, boosting the immune system, and of course, for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections etc.

If you fancy testing this over the winter, or just pepping up a glass of wine, why not have a go at making your own Elderberry cordial? Thanks granny, I think it’s another winner ;-)


Useful Links

Elderberry Cordial Recipe
Granny’s Elderflower Cordial
The medicinal benefits of Elderberries

4 thoughts on “Foraging Friday: Elderberry Cordial

  1. Heather

    My own Grannie made elderberry cordial and served it to us diluted with hot water when we had colds as children. she said it helped to ‘sweat out the fever’, which it certainly did, and it made us feel a lot better. Up to reading the article I was inclined to think that was just a placebo effect from a bit of cossetting ( my gran was not one to ‘spoil’ children generally ). Perhaps she knew a lot more than I thought!

  2. Helen

    Hi Woolly Green…what a great recipe and as you know we love our drinkies at Quality Garden Supplies…could we use your recipe for a blog on our site?


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