Elderberries have medicinal value as well. You can get them from the wild or put some in your edible landscape.
Below is an excerpt of a primer on the versatile elderberry from the July/August 2010 issue of “Backwoods Home Magazine.”
Hospitality, Health, And Beauty
By Gail Butler
When friends stop by for a visit I like to offer them a hospitable and healthful libation of elderberry cordial. When served in a small aperitif glass or brandy snifter this lovely violet libation may be visually enjoyed along with its mellow, berry-like flavor.
While this homemade elixir makes a delightful, palate-pleasing drink, it also packs health-giving and immune system-stimulating qualities, as well. Nor does my annual harvest of elder flowers and berries stop simply with cordial making. Elderberries—the fruits of the elder—have countless uses such as juice, wine, jelly, jam, pie, syrup, and tea.
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Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine.