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Fruit of the elder tree, which belongs to the Sambucus family. These are small, black and round and have a rather bitter flavour. They make excellent wine and preserves.

They also make good chutney, particularly if mixed with apples, and were once used to make an old English ketchup called poulac. See 'Chutney'; 'Ketchup'

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