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Bulk Frozen Raw Elderberry Juice

Frozen Raw Native Elderberry Juice - $45>40/gal. 
Sustainably grown following organic principles. As of 10/24/18, we have lowered our prices on bulk frozen raw juice orders over 2 gallons to partially compensate for the increased costs of shipping frozen juice as compared to dried elderberries, as we have run out of the dried berries. For those who buy one 2 gallon jug, we have included flat rate shipping. As a cooperative of American farmers growing elderberry, we value and care about our customers. 

This unprocessed, no water added bulk elderberry juice is sold as an ingredient. We assume further processing by the buyer - usually fermented or heated as described in the Sacred Blossom recipe below, and we encourage prompt use accordingly upon receipt, though packed to help keep it cold. 

Our sustainably grown bulk, strained raw elderberry juice separates from thawing elderberries before drying them. The frozen raw juice must ship separately as we try to pack it extra to keep it cold. It comes 2 gallon at a time in a 2.5 gal jug. It's thick, roughly strained and still has bits of pulp and skin. Nothing is added to it. We recommend immediate use. It can be refrozen - especially if not completely thawed upon arrival. If necessary, it should last 2-3 days refrigerated before fermentation or heat processing as described above.

Perfect for elderberry jelly and gummies / home winemaking or brewing. [Winemaker comment, “I need to mix it 50% with water, or it’s too thick.] See recipe for making syrup from raw frozen juice below.


Volume Pricing

To order more than 2 gallons, please contact Chris Patton by email first:, or call 612-418-4624 (9am-5pm Central Time during the workweek please) with questions. You will be quoted with freight and billed in advance of shipping. 

Shipping Example to Indianapolis from our Iowa facility: 
4 gal. (2 jugs) = $160 + $50 shipping for a total of $210.00

As of 10/15/18, we have over 800 gallons of frozen raw juice available.

Since almost of it comes in 2 gal/jug, please order in multiples of two: 2,4,6,8,10, etc. Each gallon weighs 8.55 lb., on average measured a pH 4.3 BRIX 11. Each jug weighs 18 lb. total. 

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

Sacred Blossom Elderberry Syrup Recipe from Juice:

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.

[Every person’s recipe and taste is a bit different. The above is one way. Another person, who had been making it from frozen berries or dehydrated berries, added a little more than 50% water to get it to about the way she was used to. She also increased her honey and herbs and ended up with a taste she liked better than her syrup made with berries.]

Are Raw Native Elderberries Safe? (Applies to Juice, too.)

Latest research by the University of Missouri discovered that ripe native elderberries do not have any meaningful level of glycosides or proto-cyanides that can make one sick. 

This is not true for European Sambucus nigra elderberries, which is why those imported ingredients are usually more processed. That is part of the reason why native elderberries taste better.

While the latest research at the university of Missouri (soon to be published) indicates that fresh/frozen, ripe elderberries do not have significant levels of glycosides, some few people seem to be strongly affected by consuming raw elderberries or elderberry juice, where it upsets their digestive system. Why they have a lower tolerance for elderberry is not clearly understood. Fresh and raw frozen berries that are fermented or heated so that the entire volume reaches 180° F, or more have not been associated with any health related incidents to our knowledge.

© Midwest Elderberry Cooperative 2018