elderberry benefits

With elderberry being selected as the International Herb Association’s 2013 “Herb of the Year,” now is the perfect time to explore the many uses this fragrant and flavorful herb brings with it to the garden, kitchen and medicine cabinet. Easy-to-grow elderberry shrubs (Sambucus nigra and S. canadensis) are large perennials that will tolerate most growing conditions. Best of all, this colorful berry has long been revered for its ability to enrich the flavor of numerous beverages and foods (elderberries are divine in recipes from pie to wine), as well as its medicinal virtues. Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, elderberries are most effective at boosting the immune system and warding off flu.

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Elderberry Benefits: Recipes, Growing and More

Below we feature some of our best elderberry articles throughout the years. Learn how to grow this beautiful shrub at home; enjoy its sweet flavors in homemade wines, jellies, pies; and harness the medicinal properties of a cold-and-flu-season favorite.



Growing Elderberry

The creamy flower clusters of ­elders punctuate early-­summer landscapes throughout North America. Any flowers left to mature will develop into berries.

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Cooking with Delicious Elderberry

Incorporate elderberry, a popular plant among old-fashioned fruit gardens, into our delicious wine, pie, fritter and jelly recipes.

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Elderberry Medicine

The entire elder plant has sustained generations as a powerful healing plant. Learn the medicinal basics of this flavorful herb.

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