Wild Elderberry Shrub
Sambucus canadensis; S. caerulea; S. mexicana
The old elixir, a shrub, is made new again in this rich version brimming with wild elderberries. This delicious elderberry shrub is a culinary seasoning, a beverage, and even a medicinal adventure. The intense flavor can take you in diverse directions, from its traditional use as syrup in what we now think of as soda pop, to a magical ingredient for making cocktails, or even as a base for astounding salad dressings. It's a remarkable substance - drizzle this shrub on ice cream or blend it with soda water. Its complex black currant-like flavor belies elderberry's legendary medicinal properties. Nothing in any health food store will taste this delicious.
Because of its concentrated flavor, a little goes a long way.