For centuries, people have been attributing magical capabilities to the elder plant. Be it as a tree of life or a weapon against black magic and witchcraft. It is not far to seek that this deep red liquid must be something like a love potion. Unfortunately, after this build-up we have to admit that it is just a mere sweet dessert – but an extremely delicious one indeed! And making it for somebody might as well make them fall in love with you. Holundersuppe – meaning elderberry soup – is a regional specialty in northern and eastern Germany. It is especially common in the states of Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Sachsen and even across the border in Denmark.

Let Holundersuppe Inject Some Color Into The Grey Season

The deep red fruit soup is made from the berries of the black elder. It traditionally comes with small semolina or flour dumplings. Sour cream and chives can add a special touch to the sweet, fruity flavor. While this may sound a bit strange at first, you will be surprised how well they complement the sweet dish.


Holundersuppe is traditionally common in fall and winter when the elderberries are ripe. Thus, as a typical dessert for the cold months of the year, the soup is best eaten hot. But since you may simply use elderberry juice instead of the fresh fruits, you can enjoy the sweet soup all year round.

As winter is coming, Holundersuppe is just what you need to satisfy your sweet tooth and warm you from the inside at the same time. Check out our simple recipe below for the delicious soup and the accompanying dumplings. And for the vegan option, you can simply leave out the semolina dumplings or replace the unwanted ingredients with soy milk and chick pea flour – it’s just as delicious!


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