Elderberries have been used for centuries as a health remedy and a food source.
The demand for elderberry products is on the rise due to consumer interest in all things healthy. Consumers are looking for locally grown organic products which are perceived as healthier and better for the environment.
There is a wide variety of elderberry products available to consumers today, from elderberry wine, juice, concentrate, syrups and jelly to elderflowers and elderberry flour.
Here are the most popular elderberry uses:
Elderberry juice is rich in antioxidants, packed with Vitamin C and anthocyanins, all which may contribute to health and well-being.
Elderberry wine has been produced for centuries. The elderberry has some of the highest anti-oxidant or ORAC levels of any fruit, making it a beverage with huge health properties.
Elderberry extract and concentrate
Elderberry extract and concentrate are used traditionally for immune support and are a popular immune system-supporting product.
Elderberry jelly, jam and syrup
The Elderberry produces a tart, flavorful jelly, jam and syrup great on toast, biscuits and pancakes. Elderberry jelly, jam and syrup can be found in grocery stores, farmers markets and health food stores.
The elderflower has been used in traditional medicine all over the world due to its anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antiseptic properties. They are known for treating colds, flu, sinus infections and other respiratory issues. It also makes a soothing tea.
Elderberry pulp and seeds have substantial health benefits. When ground into flour and substituted in your favorite recipes, it can be a prudent way to increase the nutrient value of food.
Due to the increasing demand for these products, Elderberries have a potential future as a value added crop, for both its fruit and flowers.