Friday, November 6, 2009

Elderberry Benefits and Uses

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Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is a shrub or small tree, producing large clusters of small white or cream-colored flowers in late spring and after that clusters of small black, blue-black, or red berries (rarely yellow or white).

Elderberry flowers are used for elderflower cordial. In France and other Central European countries people make elderflower syrup, commonly made from an extract of elderflower blossoms, which is added to crepe (pancake) mixes instead of blueberries.

Throughout most of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe people also make a Elderberry flowers syrup which is then diluted with water and used as a drink.

In Slovenia, Italy and Germany the umbels of the elderberry are dipped in batter, fried and then served as a dessert, snack or a sweet lunch with a sugar and sometimes cinnamon topping.

In the United States, this French elderflower syrup is made into elderflower marshmallows.

Out of Elderberry berries - wines, cordials, marmalade and syrup can be produced.

Elderberry twigs are hallow and have traditionally been used as spiles to tap maple syrup from maple trees.

Ornamental varieties of Elderberry can be found in gardens for their showy flowers, fruits as well as lacy foliage.

Elderberry is another one of the plants to attract birds - especially if you leave plenty of ripe berries for them.

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1 comment:

BFL said...

Elderberry is not only valuable for its antioxidant potential, it has also exhibited particular health benefits that are substantiated in studies in the areas of immune support, physical stress, cardiovascular support and healthy inflammation response.

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