Common Names: Black elder, Black-berried European elder, European elder, Boor tree, Bountry, Elder, Ellanwood, Ellhorn
The various plants in the family Sambucus are all generally referred to as elder, or elderberry. Elderberries themselves have been used for many centuries in numerous different cultures. These fruits are the food plant of many different migratory birds around North America, as well as many insect species who have specialized to live off of the berries. Elderberries make for lovely jams, jellies, syrups, and teas! Dries berries added to teas gives a lovely earth tartness, with a very subtle amount of sweet.
Common preparations are: Syrup, cordial, jam, tea, baking
Raw berries may cause nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, so do not consume them in raw form. Not enough research has been done to determine whether elder berries are safe for pregnant or breast-feeding women.