Let me share with you some additional health benefits and interesting facts about this little tree that we can plant and grow in our gardens.
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Elderberry or Sambucus is a large shrub native to Europe and the United States. The plant is a member of the honeysuckle family. Its delicate white flowers turn into berries, black or dark blue. Its flavor is strong, sweet and slightly bitter, but it is preferred in many recipes. I will tell you more about that later. Its leaves are pinnate with 5 to 9 leaflets 5 to 30 cm long. You can see all the beauty of Elderberry in late spring when it blooms.
Elderberry contains tannin, amino acids, organic pigments, carotenoids, flavonoids, rutin, and large amounts of vitamins C, A, and B. Many studies have shown that some of the bush’s ingredients are strong antioxidants and can protect cells from damage. In an oncology laboratory in Israel, doctors have found that the plant stimulates the best functioning of the immune system and have treated AIDS and cancer patients with it. From colds and flus to fighting asthma, weight loss and diabetes, everyone can discover the benefits of the elderly, depending on their personal needs and the individual state of the immune system. Another positive side of using the bush in your menu for a healthier life is that it is good for cardiovascular protection. The fiber levels it contains are really high and can help with the elimination of “bad” cholesterol, which automatically makes room for the “good” cholesterol, which every human body needs. When you need to clear your throat, or have bronchitis that has a bad influence on your respiratory system, elderberry juice is the best choice for you.
Easy Homemade Elderberry Recipe
I will introduce you to the most useful and popular recipe with elderberry, which can help you if you have any of the health problems mentioned above, or if you just want to try something new and good, prepared at home.
Elderflowers – clean and enough to fill a ½ gallon jar
2 lemons, thinly sliced
5 cups of water
5 ½ cups of sugar
1 packet of citric acid
Put the thinly sliced lemons and elderflowers in a large jar. Then make a syrup with the water, sugar and citric acid. Wait for it to boil for a few minutes, then pour the flowers into the hot water and leave them for a few days in a sunny place indoors. Then strain the juice and close it in glass bottles.
If you want to grow this plant in your garden, you should know that caring for it in the first years of life is a bit more specific: it prefers moist soil and you should not expect fruit until the second year. It is best to plant two or more bushes close to each other to facilitate cross-pollination. My advice is to look for competent gardening services in your home area, who will tell you what fertilizer you need to put on the tree and in what conditions it is good to prune it. Only then will you have a healthy plant that blooms year after year.