Elder flowers

🥃🍋🍀When elderberry trees are blooming in june, in my adoption country, this is when you “manufacture” SOCATA (the original romanian name) or elderberry juice – HOMEMADE and HANDMADE
It is a tradition in ROMANIA, the country where my roots are, to prepare in spring when the elderberry tree is blooming! An amazing smell, indescribable scent, color of flowers and taste, refreshing
🥃The recipe I have from my Grandmother is:
– 12 elderberry flowers
– 400 g sugar (you can use honey about 250 g)
– 2-3 lemons – 1,5 lemon as juice and the other one cut into slices
– 5 l water (alkalized / ionized if possible) at room temperature, no need to boil.
– large (5 l, at least) glass recipient (do not use plastic as toxic)
💦🍀💙 I used Kangen water pH 9, produced by my new friend, the Ionizer Leveluk K8. Otherwise, if you don’t have an ionizer,you may use the water you normally drink. (suggest to get an ionizer thou, for your health as well)
The sequence you add the ingredients is the exact one from the above recipe. You mix all the ingredients in the glass recipient and leave for 2-3 days to ferment. You MUST stir twice a day for an optimal fermentation.
The juice is READY in max 3 days and should taste as a fermented kombucha, but much better!
🍀🍀🍀 Naturopathic Advice 🍀🍀🍀
Known under the Latin name of Sambucus Nigra, the elderberry is used from ancient times – yes, in history mentioned as far back as 400 BC, named by Hippocrates (the “Father of Medicine”) the “medicine chest”
Today, in homeopathy and naturopathy, and natural holistic medicine, the elderberry is widely considered one of the world’s most healing plants.
🍀The benefits of elderberry flowers, juice, extract, syrup and elderberry fruits (TO BE CONSUMED ONLY COOKED!!! as jams, chutneys, pies and elderberry wine) are considered to be:
– natural immune – booster due to the important content of natural antioxidants and vitamins ***Explanation=> packed with vitamin C, dietary fiber and antioxidants in the form phenolic acids, flavonoids and anthocyanins.
– prevents the mild cold and flu symptoms
– reducing inflammation internally and externally
– stress relief and lessens it
– heart protector ***Explanation => because reducing levels of cholesterol, uric acid and blood sugar levels.
Elderberry is associated with many additional health benefits, such as fighting cancer and bacteria, immune support, UV protection and diuretic effects. However, these claims have limited evidence, and further research is needed.
❗️❗️❗️Do not eat raw elderberries as they can be poisonous. (Eating or drinking raw elderberries or another toxic part of the plant can lead to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea)
🍀There are various ways to prepare elderberries fruits.
To make elderberry syrup:
– remove the stalks
– cook the berries in water and sugar
– strain
– boil the liquid to reduce it until it takes on a syrup-like consistency
🍀Nutritional facts: Elderberries contain vitamins and nutrients that can benefit people’s health.
🍀❗️🍀One cup of elderberries contains 106 calories and 26.68 grams (g) of carbohydrate. A cup also contains the following vitamins and minerals:
870 mg of vitamin A
406 mg of potassium
52.2 mg of vitamin C
9 mg of folate
55 mg of calcium
2.32 mg of iron
10.2 g of dietary fiber per cup.
Take advantage while elderberry flowers last! Like the bee does, enjoying the nectar!

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