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Elder Berry Cabbage

Elderberries best suit savoury foods and this sticky elder berry cabbage is the perfect accompaniment for a Sunday roast. It’s best to freeze the berries in early October and use them when needed.

Makes enough to serve 6 as a side.

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  • Large Red Cabbage – thinly slice
  • 1 tblsp real butter
  • 2 red onions – peeled and finely chopped
  • 2tsp red wine vinegar
  • 150g elder berries – queezed to extract juice
  • 50g brown sugar
  • 10g ground hogweed seeds (or 1 cinnamon stick)
  • 1 orange – Zest and juice


  1. Heat the butter in a large pan, add the onions and fry off until soft – approx. 5 minutes
  2. Add the orange zest and cinnamon (or hogweed seeds) and cook for a minute before adding in the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Bring the whole lot to the boil then reduce to a rolling simmer, cover the pan and cook fr 45 minutes when the cabbage is softened well.

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