Found growing mainly in the temperate regions of Europe, North America, western Asia and northern Africa, elderberry can be identified by its delicate white flowers and the pleasant fragrance they produce. Elder trees have been valued and respected by numerous cultures throughout history. In European folklore, it was often believed that elder trees protected houses they grew near. The berries have been harvested for centuries, becoming a key ingredient in food, wine, and natural dye. Although the raw berries are often too bitter for eating, cooking them releases natural sugars that make them much more palatable. This makes them perfect for herbal tea, which produces heat that allows the full, sweet flavor of these berries to be enjoyed.
While you enjoy a deliciously fruity herbal tea, you will also be helping your body by supplying it with essential micronutrients. Elderberry tea is a great way to boost your diet with vitamins, like vitamin A, C, and a number of B vitamins. You can also find minerals, such as phosphorus, potassium, copper and zinc, in a fresh cup of elderberry tea. Some of elderberry’s primary constituents include protein, fiber, and anthocyanin, and as a berry, it is known to offer a plethora of antioxidants.
The succulent, whole-body elderberry flavor makes the tea ideal with breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s perfectly suited to go with a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack, especially if you're interested in a beverage that is low in sugar or caffeine-free. This makes it a great option even to drink before bed. Don’t forget you can enjoy elderberry tea hot or on ice.
Additionally, tea is a universal gift that is perfect for birthdays, holidays, anniversaries and even just to say “thank you” or “congratulations!”
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