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Elderberry and Elderflower

These grow on elderberry trees, of the Sambucus family. They grow in Britain, Europe, North America and Western Asia. The tree produces clusters of small white flowers, followed by small black berries (for photograph see elderberry).

The flowers can be used to make tisanes, flavour jams and jellies and also make an excellent cordial and wine.

The berries are very astringent when raw, but this disappears when the berries are cooked. They make an excellent jelly when combined with apples (particularly crabapples) - but need additional pectin if used on their own. They also make excellent wine. See or Recipe Section - 'Elderflower cordial'; 'Elderflower and strawberry jelly'

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