When it comes to functional food, many have heard the term “superfruit.” This combined word describes the attributes of those with a higher than normal antioxidant level. This includes the individual ORAC value, used to describe nutritional benefits for the body. One particular berry experiencing a rebound in the wellness category for its value as a holistic herbal medicine: the humble elderberry with an ORAC value of 14,697. Used in teas and extracts, jams and beverages, both elderberry and elderflower are poised to become part of 2018’s predicted culinary trends.
From The Medicine Chest
Historically, Hippocrates wrote about elderberry, or the “medicine chest,” making the plant one of the oldest ingredients used in traditional medicine. The North American elderberry (Sambucus Canadensis) was used by Native Americans as a natural treatment for various ailments. It is believed to boost immunity, respiratory function, cardiovascular health and more, thanks to natural antioxidant compounds called polyphenols. Today, elderberry is gaining acclaim, including the introduction of new studies showing the effects both the juice and flower can have on our overall well-being.
With more and more companies involved in the manufacturing of elderberry extract to meet growing demand, Norm’s Farms is making a case for the farm-to-table movement and the American species and agriculture of these plants. By growing and harvesting elderberry bushes in the U.S., Norm’s is talking about the sustainable production of an array of products from supplements, to jams, jellies, and elderflower syrups. Using a water-based extraction method results in the full-bodied berry flavor of Norm’s supplemental elderberry extract, removing any need for sweeteners, sugar or additional ingredients.
To The Recipe Box
The sweet floral flavors of elderberry are great for recipes in the kitchen, from beverages and smoothies to sauces, and elderberry doesn’t stop there. Consider the growing craft cocktail movement. This is one place where both the flower and berry can shine. In need of a unique drink or dessert accent for your next get together? Why not consider using a cordial from Carmel Berry Co, with lemon and elderflower notes that can bring a sweet and botanic flavor to recipes?
There are endless possibilities when it comes to incorporating versatile elderberry into your daily routine. We’re keeping an eye on the trend and will see how it progresses!