Elderberries: Elderberry jelly

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Elderberries

By SongofJoy
June 9, 2014

Living in Washington State for two years resulted in my first introduction to elderberries (Sambucus sp.). A friend took me on a hike into the woods and showed me where they were and how to identify them. The resulting jelly was wonderful.

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ErinDreamer
Jun 14, 2014 7:25 AM CST
I used to make elderberry jelly but found it to be a bit strong. Instead of using three cups of elderberry juice I put in one cup of apple juice. I found the jelly to be delicious with that change. Everyone has different preferences, but I thought I would add this suggestion in case someone would like to try it.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Jun 14, 2014 7:33 AM CST
Thanks. Apple juice is a good addition to many things. Thumbs up
I garden for the pollinators.
Texas (Zone 7b)
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SalviaisAthelas
Jun 17, 2014 11:20 PM CST
This is only the end of a 40 ft hedge row but I never have a chance at the berries. The birds get them before I can! At least I can enjoy the fragrance that wafts with the breeze while I am gardening and dream of the jelly I could have made.
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If a ragnarök would burn all the slums and gas-works, and shabby garages, and long arc-lit suburbs, it could for me burn all the works of art–and I’d go back to trees. - Tolkien
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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SongofJoy
Jun 18, 2014 3:02 AM CST
That is one attractive hedge row. Lots of heady fragrance from all those plants, I'm sure. How old is the hedge?
I garden for the pollinators.

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