Bring the wonders of the elderberry into your breakfast, dessert, and cocktails

By Amy Sherman

It sounds like something out of a fairy tale: Once upon a time, there was a magical plant called elder, which grew across the lands of North and South America, as well as Northern Europe and Australia. It brought forth large clusters of dainty cream-colored blossoms that were redolent of tropical lychee, honey, vanilla, and lemon. So wonderfully aromatic were these flowers that they were used to flavor the cake at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Princess Meghan Markle.

Thankfully, elder is not the stuff of fantasy at all, and you don’t have to be royalty to enjoy it, either. Norm’s Farms grows the North American native elderflowers that go into their Elderflower Syrup and Elderflower Ginger Syrup—near-magical ingredients that can be used to make delicious cocktails, homemade sodas, and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as wedding cakes.

The small, tart, juicy berries themselves are black, blue-black or deep purple, and pack a serious punch of antioxidants and nutrients, including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, and copper. Norm’s Farm sustainably grows these special berries on three family farms in Missouri, before harvesting them and creating a range of products that support health and wellness.
Their preserves come in a variety of flavors and styles, including Elderberry Jelly, Elderberry Jam, and Blueberry Elderberry Preserves, which can be swirled into plain yogurt, used to sweeten oatmeal, or spread on English muffins or biscuits. Their Elderberry Ginger Pecan Jam is also a wonderful complement to cheeses or crusty bread.

According to legend, elder trees were also thought to ward off evil and give protection from witches. With the season of the witch—not to mention cold and flu—nearly upon us, now is also the perfect time to stock up on Norm's Farms Elderberry Supplements–they also offer Elderberry Extracts and Elderberry Wellness Syrup, to ward off whatever nastiness comes your way.

5 quick and easy ways to use elderberry jam

Elderberry jam is great on your morning toast, but it can be used in a variety of other ways too.
Add a spoonful to sweeten your next smoothie.Dribble some on top of vanilla ice cream.Slather it on goat cheese and spread on toasted baguette slices.Use in place of jelly in a peanut butter or almond butter sandwich.Whisk together with Dijon mustard to make a glaze for grilling chicken or pork.