Elderberries are black berries produced by plants of the Sambucus genus. Many species of elderberry exist, though the species most commonly used for medicinal purposes is Sambucus nigra. In terms of culinary purposes, both the flowers and berries of the elderberry plant are used in beverages, jams and pastries.

Health considerations

Elderberry extract is high in antioxidants, particularly due to its high anthocyanin content. Elderberry extracts have also shown to inhibit tumor growth, and possess diuretic properties (to lower blood pressure).

Keep in mind

Elderberry wine has shown to contain similar amounts of antioxidants as red wine, though the levels of antioxidants found in elderberry wine decreases with aging.

May be found in

Elderberry wine, cordial, marmalade, pastries, supplements


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Alternative Spellings and Names

Sambucus nigra

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