Pick the elderberries from their stalks. Do not peel or core the apples, but cut them in pieces. Mix with the elderberries, damsons and blackberries in a pan with water and spices. Simmer for about 1 hour until the fruit is soft. Strain through a jelly bag and measure the juice. Allow 1lb/450g sugar to each pint/500ml juice. Heat the juice gently, stirring in the sugar until dissolved. Boil hard to setting point. Pour into small hot jars and cover.
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