Legend has it, that if the leaves of an elderberry tree were hung on the door, all who inhabit the home would be protected from evil spirits. The elderberry tree is a distinct member of the honeysuckle family with deep roots in the world of natural medicine and folklore. The dark purple berries plucked from the flowing tree has been used for centuries as a remedy to promote good health. Over-flowing with antioxidants, flavonoids, vitamins and enzymes, elderberries can strengthen the immune system and promote respiratory health, as well as promote cardiovascular health. Those subtle little berries can fight free radicals, ward of infections, lower cholesterol levels and provide a gentle detox. The berries are often extracted of its juices, and cooked into syrups, jams, jellies and preserves.
A little over a week ago I had the pleasure of reviewing Norm’s Farms Elderberry Wellness Syrup and Elderberry Extract and I am excited to tell you all about it. Let’s start with the Elderberry Extract – made from farm-fresh North American elderberries, Norm’s Farms Elderberry Extract list of ingredients contains 100 percent elderberries, and that is it. The extract contains zero artificial fillers, colors and flavors, just 100 percent pure farm fresh elderberries. It is housed in a 8 fluid ounce curbside recyclable glass bottle, therefore there is no chemical leaching to worry about and no trash to generate. I was really blown away by the freshness of the flavor and fragrance – the taste is not at all overpowering, and therefore proves to be the perfect complement to my teas and juices. In fact, I have been spiking my Apples and Pineapples probiotic drink with two tbsp. every morning since receiving it. My daughter likes it in her orange juice and the hubs prefers to just drink it undiluted. I felt no ill effects after drinking it, and the aftertaste disappears naturally. It feels great to introduce this natural immune booster into my body, and with my daughter going back to school in the fall, I will continue to spike her OJ with this stuff to ward off the those pesky germs.
I had to tear my mouth away from the yumminess of Norm’s Farms Elderberry Wellness Syrup, the bottle is honestly nearing empty. So far, with the aid of this elixir, I have made fruit leathers, pancakes, tea and candy drops, as well as the Coconut Milk Elderberry Sorbet featured below. The list of ingredients in this wellness syrup are elderberries, water, honey, cinnamon and cloves – the balanced combination of ingredients creates a warm, comforting flavor that complements desserts and drinks very well. It is also housed in a 8 fluid ounce curbside recyclable, non-chemical leaching glass bottle. I am crazy about healthy foods that taste sinfully good, and this is on my list. It is a kid approved supplement that supplies the body with beneficial antioxidants.
- 1 cup of coconut milk
- 1 cup of pureed mixed berries (we used raspberries, strawberries and blackberries)
- ¼ cup of Norm's Farms elderberry syrup
- 1 cup of organic grape juice
- pinch of cinnamon
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Whisk all of the ingredients together in a large bowl and then transfer the liquid into your ice cream maker or freezer safe bowl.
- Allow the liquid to freeze to sorbet consistency.
About Norm’s Farms: Norm’s Farms is an American made, sustainable company based out of North Carolina. The company was founded by Ann, Roger and Erin Lenhardt from the inspiration of Norman Lenhardt. It is their mission to help preserve sustainable farms, protect wildlife and provide naturally nutritious wellness products from fresh American grown elderberries and natural complementary ingredients. In addition to their elderberry extract and syrup, Norm’s Farms also offers dried elderflowers, elderberry plants and natural jams and jellies (review and giveaway coming soon). We proudly add Norm’s Farms to our Ethical Shopping Guide for their continued sustainable business practices – they offer natural, USA made elder-products, package in easily recyclable materials and ships in post consumer recycle boxes. Visit them at on their website for more information and to purchase, and be sure to follow them on facebook, pinterest and on twitter.
Disclosure: I received a complementary sample of the products to facilitate this review, however, the opinions above are my own.
Giveaway: The generous folks at Norm’s Farms are giving away a bottle of their Elderberry Syrup and Elderberry Extract to one of my lucky readers. The giveaway is opened to all U.S residence 18+ and it will run until 8/6. To enter, simply complete one, some or all of the rafflecopter entries below. Thank you in advance for entering and good luck to you!