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Changing the way children and familieseat, learn and live at FirstLine Schools in New Orleans.

Recipes: some Edible Schoolyard New Orleans favorites

Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry plants are everywhere in New Orleans! Not only are the flowers beautiful, they are commonly used in the first stages of colds and flus because they act as a diaphoretic--induce sweating to reduce fever. The berries are a powerful medicine too, and can help boost the immune system. This syrup is delicious, and will help prevent colds, flus, & upper respiratory infections.

Category: Herbs & Medicines



2/3 cup black elderberries (you can purchase these at New Orleans' own Maypop Herb Shop or order online from Mountain Rose Herbs)
3 1/2 cups water
1 cup honey (or to taste)
2 tbs fresh ginger root (optional)
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 hibiscus or rosehips (dried, for extra Vitamin C)


Put water, berries, and optional ingredients into a saucepan, bring to a boil & cover. Simmer on low 45 minutes to one hour until liquid has reduced to one half. 

Strain the liquid into a glass jar (compost or toss the berries), then stir in the honey. 

Let it cool, pur in refrigerator. The syrup will last 2-3 months. 

Standard dose of this medicinal syrup is 1/2 tsp - 1 tsp for kids and 1/2 tbs - 1 tbs for adults.


Recipe by Herbalist Renee Panter Williams