Herbal Spotlight: Chokeberries with my Simple Syrup and Candied Berry Recipes.
Delicious & just as immune-supportive as the Elderberry, Chokeberries are in season now & are fabulous! Join me as we discuss their growing habits, traditional uses, & I make a simple syrup & craft some delicious drinks with their bright, tart flavor---
I would like to remind my beloved readers that Nature is powerful & is to be respected. One must be very clear of WHAT they are harvesting, HOW it was grown [near heavily trafficked roads? sprayed with pesticides?] & how they plan to USE it. It is crucial you are 100% sure of the ID of any plant before harvesting & using it. Also, it is important to only take what you will use & not to overpick from any one plant or stand of plants in order to ensure their continued growth. Cheers!
All excellent reasons to consider adding them to your diet, either by foraging, grabbing them at market, or growing them yourself. And, they are delicious too!
If you prefer to make a more medicinally slanted syrup, opt for the raw honey. Follow my recipe but boil & steep the berries in PLAIN WATER, stirring in the honey to the steeping, slightly cooled pot after in order to preserve the honey’s benefits. A raw honey aronia syrup can be used the same way elderberry syrup is used to support immune systems response & aid recovery from colds.
Chokeberry Simple Syrup & Candied Berries
2 cups Aronia whole berries, black or red
1 cup Distilled Water
1 cup Sugar or other sweetener*
Reduce heat & boil your syrup for about 5 minutes, continuing to stir. Set the pot aside & allow to steep for 15 minutes. [this is where you’d add raw honey] Strain your berries out with a medium strainer & set them aside. Don’t waste these candied berries! They are fabulous in blintzes & crepes, on ice cream, or add them to your next batch of berry jam!
I will be using mine to craft Blooming Fresh drinks at Cupacity, as well as at Rocky Horror [Magenta Cocktail anyone?] & our Halloween Cocktail Evening! Do let me know what you make with yours! I love to hear from you! Take care & take time to #StopAndEatTheFlowers
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My husband & I were blessed with 2 beautiful girls. When I was diagnosed with MS, I couldn't keep up the pace working retail. We decided on a simpler life, built a cabin in the woods, & moved to mid-coast Maine