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Dark seasonal berries are bursting with antioxidants [Image: Cook, Brew and Blend Your Own Herbs - Dorling Kindersley]

RECIPE: Early Autumn Rambler’s Delight

24 October, 2011

This is a great way to use freshly picked berries.

Elderberries and blackberries contain high levels of antioxidants that help to fight free-radical damage and enhance the immune system.

Blackberries are extremely high in phenolic compounds, which are known to be health-promoting, antiviral, and antibacterial, while elderberries contain potassium and vitamins C and E. This recipe makes 2 servings.


Enhances resistance to colds and flu.


  • 3 1/2 apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1/3 pear peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 12 ripe elderberries, rinsed, with all stalks removed
  • 20 ripe blackberries, rinsed

Note: Unripe raw elderberries and elder bark should be avoided, so make sure you use completely ripe elderberries with no stalk attached to make this smoothie.


Put all the ingredients into a blender or a food processor and blend until smooth and divide between two glasses.


  • Taken from Neal’s Yard Remedies Cook, Brew and Blend Your Own Herbs (Dorling Kindersley). To purchase a copy or get more details see here.