Monday, September 1, 2014

Norm's Farms Elderberry Extract Review

Norman Lenhardt

Our story begins with Norman Lenhardt, who had a vision for the world. He wanted to protect and preserve America’s farm lands while also ensuring that we would have enough food to feed the world. When Norm was not advocating for farm preservation, city planning, or wildlife protection, he spent his time on his 170-acre farm. Located in the Missouri river bottom of Hartsburg, MO, Norm’s Farm boasts some of the richest soil in the world. Today the farm is managed by Norm’s son, Rodger Lenhardt.  In honor of Norm’s dream for land preservation, the farm has been put in a trust.

Why Elderberry?

Norm’s Farms is at the forefront of one of the most sustainable and exciting new crops: Elderberry. This emerging superfruit is packed with Vitamins A, B and C , iron, potassium, and the powerful antioxidants known as anthocyanins. The plants are a hardy perennial, and are naturally disease resistant. Surprisingly, only 10% of the elderberries consumed in the US are actually grown here; the other 90% are grown in Europe. We’re working to change that by selling plants and making value-added elderberry products.

Norm’s Farms Elderberry Extract is made from farm-fresh North American native elderberries (not from European concentrate). Our Extract formula is very simple…we use a gentle water process to extract the elderberry and remove the seeds before we bottle it.

Our Elderberry Extract tastes great, like a dry red wine: it’s not sweet, and it’s not bitter. You won’t find any added alcohol, sugars, artificial sweeteners or ingredients in our products. Elderberry contains higher levels of antioxidants than blueberry, sweet cherry, tart cherry, acai, noni, goji, pomegranate and cranberry juices.
Our Thoughts

I have elderberries growing wild all over my own property but I've always been a bit hesitant to try my hand at making my own concoctions. This seemed like a happy medium and I have never tasted elderberries before. The only bad thing I can say about this product is that you're in danger of drinking it all in one go. It is that good! The recommended dose for the extract is two tablespoons, but I could easily just drink the whole thing, it tasted just like a fruit juice.
Elderberries assist the immune system and this arrived just in time as I was battling a horrible tooth infection so perfect timing. I also had my husband take some as well to fight an infection in his leg from a nasty scrape. The bottle lasted about a week so I can see how that'd be a bit steep to restock but it's well worth it. Kids would easily take this and it's good for them, they would have no idea that it's a "medicine" which it's not technically except for nature's medicine.

I was blown away and really am excited to try more products from this company.

As an added kick check out these Elderberry Recipes to spice up your kitchen life!

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Reviewed by Jackie


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