So, yes, I like my jams to be really thick and this one did not disappoint and it was actually a lot better than I thought. I was a little afraid to try it because I did not want it to taste awful but to my surprise, I loved it!
Pretty much the same as jam and for that reason, I didn't open the Jelly just yet. I already have several jars of jellies in the fridge and no more room to put an opened jar of jelly. Plus, I don't like having two items almost the same opened at the same time.
I like to finish one then start on the other. And as you can see from the above picture, you really can't tell much difference other than when I open this jelly, it will be clearer and more smooth, sorta like jello but not quite that bouncy. Once I finish the jam, I will definitely open the jelly.
Now, this was my favorite one of all the juices. Don't know why but for me, it almost tasted just like grape juice and I love grape juice and we actually had to fight a little over this one, even Mike and my friend thought it was awesome, too, but I told them they had plenty of other things that they could drink, so leave my Elderberry Blackberry Juice alone!
Each 16 oz mug of Blackberry Elderberry Juice contains elderberry juice, blackberry juice and a small amount of pear juice concentrate to sweeten it a bit. No added water, no added sugar, gluten free, nothing artificial.
And what I love best about these mugs is that I can use them for glasses afterwards because they have the handles on them, so I am really stoked about that. It brings back old times and old memories of what I used to drink out of when we lived in a small town when I was very young. Here's a better look at them so you can see the handles:
Now, the last three drinks were put in a different kind of bottle and not sure why but they must have had a reason.
Let's see, the first one I tasted of this threesome was the Peach Elderberry Juice. The Peach Elderberry Juice is made from a combination of peach juice and elderberry juice sweetened with pear juice concentrate. In an 10 oz. recyclable glass bottle, this refreshing drink appeals to those who prefer a sweeter taste and is a great way to get your daily 1 oz. serving of elderberry juice.
Each 1 oz. serving of Elderberry Juice contains powerful amounts of antioxidants, vitamins A, C, B-6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and copper.
Oh, by the way, you can get these juices in cases of 12 bottles each. These above are the Elderberry Herbal Cordial Juice. These are made with their pure elderberry juice, cinnamon, cloves and sweetened with local honey. Not from European Concentrate.
Well, you won't believe what me and Mike did! We had not read the below paragraph and we had tried to drink it and both of us were like, no way! So, please do not take more than the one to three tablespoons! Man, I was like, this is not gonna happen. Glad to know it is not for drinking straight up.
Recommended serving: 1-3 tablespoons as needed for sore, irritated throat or as a flu remedy. Delicious added to your favorite beverage. 1oz in sparkling water makes a great elderberry soda your kids will love, and you will love a splash in your favorite warm tea. One bottle can make nearly a whole gallon of mixed juice or spritzer!
Lastly, is what I call the plain Elderberry Juice. The Elderberry Juice is made from American grown native elderberries. Not from European Concentrate. 10 fluid oz recyclable glass bottles. Elderberry juice contains higher levels of antioxidants than Sweet Cherry, Tart Cherry, Acai, Noni, Goji, Pomegranate and Cranberry juices.
Now, this one wasn't too bad either. I wouldn't call it my favorite but I could drink it. Mike really liked it and so did my friend. So, I got several opinions other than mine for several of these products because I also have Acute Gastritis (which I just find out I had in the last few weeks) so, I knew I better not drink too much juice, just enough to have an opinion.
But, seriously, I really loved the Elderberry Blackberry the best. I could drink that several times a day, that is how good it is. So, all, in all, I have 2 juices I can drink and the jam & jelly. Mike will have the rest except the Cordial we will keep for our medical emergency sore throats or if we catch the flu.
Here is what I found out about Elderberries:
Hippocrates called the elder tree as his medicine chest. Classical healers Theophrastus, Dioscorides and Galen referred to elder as one of nature’s greatest healers. The trend continues today, as Austria’s most beloved herbal healer, Father Hermann Josef Weidinger, also names elderberry as one of his favorite plants.
“Elderberry cleanses the digestive system and promotes healthy elimination,” he explains. “Elderberry protects the body from serious diseases, and it balances the emotions. Elderberry is good for the soul.”
Clinical studies are starting to confirm what ancient healers always knew: that elderberries are good for you. Studies indicate that the anthocyanins in elderberries, which give them their rich purple color, boost immune response.
Scientists believe that it is these anthocyanins, in combination with flavonoids and a high profile in vitamin A, B6, and C, iron and potassium, that gives elderberry its ability to fight at least 10 different strains of the flu virus and play a role in the treatment and prevention of HIV, herpes, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, and other chronic diseases. (Visit the Resources Page for links to articles and journals).Connect with Elderberry Life several ways:
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The folks at Elderberry Life have agreed to give the winner of my Something Special for Mom Giveaway Event the same set of products that I just reviewed. The event starts on May 10th and ends on May 26th. Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.