Antiviral Elderberry Sauce

Simple and delicious elderberry sauce.

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This antiviral elderberry sauce is essentially just a low-sugar fruit sauce with some potent properties. See the section above for more information on the antiviral properties of elderberries and for options on how to preserve elderberry sauce for the winter.


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  • 2 cups elderberries (see above for important safety information)
  • 2 cups sweet fruit (blueberries, apples, or pears)
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds (optional)


  1. Be sure to use properly prepared elderberries (see the section above for more information). Alternatively, you can buy dried elderberries online. Use 1/2 cup of dried elderberries with 2 cups of water instead of fresh elderberries in this recipe.
  2. Place the elderberries, sweet fruit, and chia seeds in a small saucepan.
  3. Bring to a boil and simmer until the fruit is cooked and soft. The sauce can be left chunky, or pureed for a smooth sauce.
  4. Store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 1 week or see the section above for information on long-term storage options. 


  • Elderberries are quite tart, so feel free to add a bit of honey or maple syrup if you want to sweeten the fruit sauce.
  • To use as an antiviral remedy, take 2 Tbsp per day at the first sign of cold or flu symptoms.
  • See the section above for instructions on how to preserve elderberry sauce for the cold and flu season.
  • Elderberries are quite potent, and may not be recommended for pregnant women and children under the age of 1 year.