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