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Native Elder Berries & Flowers

Yes, we have dried native elderberries!

We are currently harvesting and drying native elderflowers and will take a limited number of advance orders until the inventory is determined.

Currently sold out of Certified Organic Elderberries / Elderflowers until harvest.

Our various elderberry cultivars are all natural selections from the wild and usually planted in fields or along agroforestry/permaculture land management principles. They are picked, destemmed, sanitized and frozen fresh the same day in 25 lb. four gallon food grade pails (rated 28 lb.). We have tens of thousands of pounds of frozen sustainably grown (following natural/organic practices) elderberries available. We dry frozen inventory, if not sold in other ingredient forms.

For dried berry orders over 10 lb., dried flower orders of 10 lb. or more, please contact Verlyn Sneller directly: ver@westbranchelderberries.com. You will be quoted with freight and billed in advance of shipping. For contracted pre-orders of native elderflowers and elderberries to the wholesale ingredient (over 1000 lb.) market - Contact: Chris Patton first by email then by phone: info@midwest-elderberry.coop or  612-418-4624.

Bulk Dried Elderberries - 1, 2, 5 or 10 lb.
(quantities priced with shipping & handling)

As of 3/20/2018 we are still at work drying our native Sambucus canadensis elderberries and are about caught up in filling orders. Orders are filled in the order they are received online.  For small processors making liquid elderberry products (syrups, etc) we suggest that you try raw elderberry juice, which is available now. See the recipe below. 

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How to Make Elderberry Syrup with dried elderberries
Martha Stewart:  
Click here to read how Martha Stewart does it.

Bulk Frozen Raw Elderberry Juice -
1 or 2.5 gallon jugs 
(quantities priced with shipping & handling)

The jugs are not filled completely to allow room for the expansion that comes with freezing, thus a 2.5 gal. jug contains 2 gallons of frozen raw juice for $90 plus freight and weighs 18 lb. Each gallon weights 8.55 lb. Shipping one gallon Priority Mail (2-3 days) has been dependable. For orders above that, please email Verlyn Sneller, ver@westbranchelderberries.com. He will quote you in advance. 

Raw elderberry juice is a by-product of our drying process. We recommend it for making wine, vinegars, kombucha, beer, syrups and other liquid products.  Compared to dried berries, juice is easier to use, more economical and creates an equal or superior end product. (pH 4.3 BRIX 11)

Juice ships frozen and generally arrives thawed or thawing.  Be ready to process juice as soon as it arrives.  Juice should be fermented or heated to above 180°F for at least a moment. See Sacred Blossom Farm Syrup Recipe below. Good for wine, jellies, vinegars & brewing, too.

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Sacred Blossom Farm Elderberry Syrup Recipe made

with Frozen Raw Native Elderberry Juice

If you want something less processed, then you can use our sustainably grown bulk, strained raw elderberry juice that separates from thawing elderberries before drying them.  pH 4.3 BRIX 11

5 lb. dried elderberries (5 x $18>$90 = 2 gal. of raw juice (2x$45>$90)

1 Gallon Raw Elderberry Juice, 4 cups honey, 2 cups extra strong echinacea tea (optional).

Bring 2 1/2 cups of water to boil and add 1 cup of echinacea herbs.  Cover and cook on low for 8 to 24 hours.  Strain. (Optional: Use distilled water.)

Boil honey hard for 2 minutes, then add raw elderberry juice and bring it to 180°F.  Remove from heat. Add echinacea tea and honey.  Stir well. 

To preserve reheat to nearly a boil (165-175°F), then seal in jars. Set in a cold area if possible.

Bulk Dried Elderflowers - 1 or 5 lb.
(quantities priced with shipping & handling)

Currently sold out.

Dried Elderflowers 5-2016

Dry Elderflower production takes place on MEC (Midwest Elderberry Coop) member or affiliated farms shortly after harvest.  Our elderflowers are superior to any I have ever seen commercially available.  Expertly dried in small batches, they retain their natural, angelic white color and pollen content.

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How to Make Elderflower Syrup
Chef Gonzalez’s Recipe for Elderflower Syrup
:  This recipe has been provided for members and hobbyists. Anyone interested in the commercial use of this recipe should contact Chef Donald Gonzalez. You can find other recipes online. People also use the dried elderflowers to make elderflower syrup.

© Midwest Elderberry Cooperative 2018