We have a bumper crop of elderberries this year. Hefty clusters of the purple-black berries are weighing down the trees so much the branches are bending. The birds love them too but there's plenty for everyone this year. It would be a crime not to do something with them so I'm making elderberry cordial which is reputed to help ward off coughs and colds.
Drip, drip. drip... and everything nearby turns a deep and fetching shade of purple. I put on an apron to protect my clothes - and immediately splash my sleeves. The juice smells richly fruity and I have to leave it to drip now before squeezing all the lovely purpleness out of the bag, mixing it with sugar, boiling for 15 minutes and putting it into bottles.