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
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SongofJoy
Jun 14, 2014 7:33 AM CST
Thanks. Apple juice is a good addition to many things. Thumbs up
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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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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Cherish today
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 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Birds
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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?
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller

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