West Coast Wild Harvest Issue 1 Spring/Summer 2016 - Page 64

HISTORICAL Lloyd’s wife Katrina harvesting red elderberries on Lake Whatcom Processing the red elderberries from separating them from their stems to boiling them down 64 WEST COAST WILD HARVEST couple days with the hope that the frozen stems would come off more easily (which is the case with Blue Elderberry). Unfortunately, the frozen red elderberry stems turned out to be brittle, so we allowed the berries to thaw before removing the stems. Once all the stems were removed we boiled the fruit in a pot with a little water in the bottom until the fruit began to juice, and then reduced the juice on low heat for several hours until the pan began to dry out. Then we ran the berries through a fruit mill to separate the seeds from the pulp. The abundance of seeds caused the fruit strainer to bind, so I loosened the screen to allow more space between the auger and the screen. Approximately a quarter of the seeds were crushed into meal and pushed through the screen but we did our best to separate the seed meal from the pulp. I wasn’t keen on eating the seed pulp as some studies suggest that the toxic comp