Natural Home: Elder and Natural Sweeteners

Natural Home: Elder and Natural Sweeteners

Ripe Elderberry
Ripe Elderberry
Elderflower and Elderberry

I have been getting a lot of questions about elderberry over the last few weeks, and came across this great article in The Herb Companion magazine. It provides good information on the historic medical use, how to grow them, and some fun recipes for elderflower. I really don’t have much to add to this article, so CLICK HERE to read the entire article, and if you missed my previous post on the benefits of elderberries and my recipe for elderberry syrup, CLICK HERE.

Natural Sweeteners

I found this good article in delicious living magazine. You can pick this up for free at most natural food stores or co-ops. The magazine article has a great table with all the different sweeteners, what they are, and the best ways to use them. CLICK HERE for a link to the on line article, but it does not have the table. The article did not include honey, which I often use as a substitute for sugar in baking. I use half as much honey as sugar in recipes that are not too light and can handle the distinct flavor of honey. For baking things in which I don’t want to influence the flavor, I use agave syrup. The article recommends 2/3 cup agave for 1 cup sugar, but I usually use half as much agave syrup as you would sugar. It can make the recipe thinner and it takes getting used to. Most recipes recommend cutting back a little on the liquids to make up for the extra liquid in the agave. You can get agave syrup in bulk at the Co-op and some Costcos have begun to carry it also. I have not yet tried some of the other sweeteners yet.