Elderberries grow wild in all states in the United States, even Alaska, and and most of Canada as well!

This is a great plant to know since it’s an easy way to quickly save you a ton of money in cough syrups and cold remedies. If you’ve ever bought immune boosting elderberry syrup or have kids in your life, this recipe is for you!

Identification:

Branching: Opposite

Leaves: Smooth, toothed, lanceolate, compound in sets of 7

Stems: Spotted, with a pith in the center.

Flowers: Tiny, white flowers in broad, flat bunches.

Fruit: Tiny, black/purple berries in bunches.

Warnings:

Many sources say elderberries are toxic if eaten raw, but they are safe when cooked.

Look-Alikes:

Red Elderberry looks similar, but it’s berries are very red and twigs brownish red. The berries, leaves, and stems are poisonous!

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