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Digital Subscriptions > Kitchen Garden Magazine > 264 - September 2019 > MAKE MERRY WITH ELDERBERRIES


Each autumn Stephanie Hafferty takes advantage of the elderberries growing in abundance near her allotment. Here’s what she does with them

The hedgerows around my allotment are dripping with bunches of purple-red elderberries (Sambucus nigra). Elderberries are rich in lavonoids and are an abundant source of Vitamin C: good for colds and wintry chills. During autumn I gather buckets full of berries to make infused spirits, wine, tonics and teas.


1. I sit with three containers – one containing the harvest, one compost bucket for the stalks and rejects, and another for the berries.

2. Using my fingers, I carefully remove the berries from the bunches. This stains my fingers rather, which I don’t mind, but if you prefer, use a fork to remove the berries.

3. Cover with some water and swish about. Leave for a few minutes to allow bugs and debris to rise to the surface and remove with a sieve.

4. Don’t add the leaves and stems to your recipes. A few tiny bits of floret stem are okay.

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