Why Everyone’s Talking Elderberry

Why Everyone’s Talking Elderberry

Chances are by now you’ve either tried or heard of elderberry. Packed with antioxidants and nutrients, health enthusiasts everywhere are talking about elderberries and their immune-boosting properties. According to some studies, elderberry products may help prevent the early stage of coronavirus infections including COVID-19*. We, too, are major fans of this nutritious little fruit. So much so, we recently launched a new addition to our Immunity lineup – Immunity powered by Elderberry. To learn more about the new shot, click here.

It wasn’t easy as elderberries aren’t a widely available ingredient, particularly the premium organic berries we wanted to use in our immune-supporting probiotic shots. Directly from our Ops team: “The demand is very high and the supply is scarce, there is a lot of adulteration of the ingredient.”  We persevered and after months of sourcing wizardry, were able to secure an entire crop from an organic producer in the Netherlands and got it all shipped stateside as quickly as we could, to bring to market the first pure elderberry juice (not concentrate) probiotic shot! 

In addition to consuming elderberry in our shots, we find ourselves utilizing it in the kitchen as well. Below co-founder and Chief Innovation & Brand Officer, Rita Katona, shares two delicious recipes featuring elderberry.

Elderberry Soup 

*serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1” fresh ginger root, peeled and diced
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or ¼ teaspoon cinnamon)
  • 1 small shallot, diced
  • 1 small beet, chopped
  • ½ apple, cored and roughly chopped
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces veggie broth
  • 2 ounces elderberry juice (or SGSY Elderberry Immunity shot)
  • ½ apple, cored and cut into thin wedges

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil and saute ginger and shallot for 4-5 minutes until softened. 
  2. Add beets and apples and saute 1-2 minutes. 
  3. Add broth and bring to a boil, cooking everything on medium heat (a low boil) until tender, approximately 10-12 minutes. 
  4. Remove cinnamon stick at this point, if using. 
  5. Transfer to a high speed blender and puree until smooth. 
  6. Transfer back to the pot along with apple wedges. 
  7. Cook another 5-10 minutes until the apples are softened to liking. 
  8. Finally, stir in the elderberry juice, and season with salt & pepper to taste. 

Elderberry Hot Toddy

*serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 2-3 teaspoons honey (to taste)
  • 2-3 teaspoons lemon juice (to taste)
  • 2 ounces elderberry juice (or SGSY Elderberry Immunity shot)
  • Garnishes:
  • Common stick
  • Lemon slice

Instructions

  1. Heat water, lemon juice, honey and cinnamon stick in a pan over low heat, customizing sweetness and tartness to taste. 
  2. Stir frequently and turn heat off as soon as it starts to boil, then add elderberry juice. 
  3. Transfer to a mug and add the lemon slice. 

Sold on the power of elderberry, but don’t want the hassle of finding the ingredient and cooking with it? No problem, we’ve got you. To find a store with SGSY shots near you, visit our store finder here.

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