What do elderberries look like?


Elderberries grow in a fruit cluster. Each cluster bears very many tiny, globular, black berries.
Avoid unripe, green berries,or they will make you sick. Even ripe raw elderberries make some people nauseous. Cooking or drying dispels the offending substance, and greatly improves the flavor. Baking this fruit in muffins, cakes, and breads imbues them with a piquant crunchiness. They become the central ingredient whenever you use them in baked goods. Elderberries are not sweet and contain no thickeners. Rely on other ingredients for these elements, especially if you are making the European favorite, elderberry jam.
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The elderberry fruit is a purple-black fruit which is berrylike drupe in appearance. The fruit occurs in drooping clusters in the summer and early autumn. The sweet and juicy fruit is produced by the elderberry shrub.
Elderberries grow in very thick clusters like grapes. These are very dark berries in the size of tiny BBs. These berries can be identified by pictures quite easily. They grow in umbrella type clusters. The stems holding the berries are often almost a bright pink in color. They grow very heavy on the vines. These are easiest to identify by their very tiny size when compare to other berries. Jellies and syrups are made with these berries all the time.
Elderberries are round and look a lot like blueberries although they are a darker color than blueberries, growing to a deep purple, sometimes almost black color. One type of elderberry is red in color and these should be avoided because eating them can make a person sick.
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