Elderberry refers to the berries or, more accurately, drupes, of the elder tree. In Europe, the berries are commonly used to make syrups, jams, wines and cordials, and are also baked into pies and pastries. Elderberries are also a colorful and delicious addition to tea blends. Dried elderberries possess all of the qualities of fresh, with the added benefits of concentrated flavor and a long shelf life.
The fruits of the elder tree are edible, but due to the presence of a cyanide-like chemical they must be cooked first.
Whole ripe elderberries, which have gone from green to reddish purple to almost black, have long been used to make pies, pastries, jams, jellies, wine, cordials and syrup. The dried berries are also added to tea blends.
1oz dried whole Elderberries