elderberry, elderflower, and everything in between
No they do not have pits, but the chokecherries do. at what time of the summer do the berries you have ripen? are they black or dark red? chokecherries are red when ripe and grow in bunches hanging from one stem, elderberries have many little stems from a little bit bigger stems then from a bit bigger stem.
those are elderberries, wild is always better then home grown, but I have a large bush that produces loads year in and year out.
because they are alot larger and sweeter you can eat them right from the bushes in the hills around here in Utah.
k pick said:those are elderberries, wild is always better then home grown, but I have a large bush that produces loads year in and year out.
Why do you think wild ones are better than homegrown berries? Crackedcork
No they do not have pits. I dry them whole for making teas during winter, there are no pits.
Are your wild ones the Blue Elderberry Sambucus cerulea and your homegrown ones Sambucus canadensis the black elderberry? The cultivated ones we grow, the s. canadensis like the York, Johns, Adams, Wyldewoods are much larger than the wild ones I see growing beside the roads.
Crackedcork in WV
Drying elderberries is easy in a dehydrator, just dont pile them on top of each other or they will stick together. Your frozen ones cant really be dried as they juice will just run out of them when they thaw. We always pick, sort and wash or berries to get as many stems as possible out and put them in a single layer in a dehydrator. When they are done they stick to the drying sheet so we let them cool a little while and then curl it into a bucket and scrape the dried berries off with our hands and then vacuum pack them. Crackedcork in WV
This is my first year of making anything with elderberries. The tips & info here are SO helpful- thank you:)
So far I have tried making pie from fresh berries...way too crunchy-seedy, no one would eat it:(
I have had success at making syrup and canning it, one batch with honey and the other with sugar.
I also dehydrated a big brown bag full by layering them on cookie sheets and setting in the oven on lowest setting for a couple hours, then cracking door open and leaving themin there several days...it did not smell very nice-sour, like rasiny or fermenting fruit...but now they are dry and in mason jars ready to make tea.
I also layered bunches inside my outdoor covered gas grill and left them there to dry...worked very well.
Elderberries are said to have one of the highest ammounts of vitamins of all fruits,plus being completly free of chemicials The way I do it is strip the berries with a fork wash and place them in a large plastic bowl with a couple of tablespoonfull of water, cover and place in the microwave for about 15 mins on full power stir and replace for a further five mins on full then trasfer to a large saucpan and mash with a potato masher then bring to the boil and simmer till all the berries have burst ,get another sausepan and a fine wire sieve ladle the pulp in one ladle full at a time and rub it round the sieve with the back of the ladle till all the juice has gone through, do the whole batch and chuck the pips away, cool it down place it in bags and freeze, I use it in place of water when stewing fruit or you can place a tbp full of Semolinia in it follow the instructions on the packet (without any more milk or water,sweeten to taste)and use it in pies and tarts the semolina makes it set and stay in place when the tart is cut