What are these berries?

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What are these berries?

Post: #5932 2steps
Wed Aug 24, 2005 4:29 pm

Can anyone tell me for sure what these berries are? I've been told they are elderberries but didn't want to eat them incase there not. I have a big tree of them growing in my garden and if there edible it'd be a shame to waste them.

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Post: #5934 wulf
Wed Aug 24, 2005 5:49 pm

I think they are elderberries? Did the tree have small white flowers earlier in the season?

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Post: #5935 2steps
Wed Aug 24, 2005 6:02 pm

yes, it did. tons of them

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Post: #5938 Wombat
Thu Aug 25, 2005 2:48 am

By Crikey they look like elderberries, probably form the nigra species rather than canadensis which is the type that I have.:mrgreen:

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Post: #5940 ina
Thu Aug 25, 2005 3:37 am

Yes, they are elderberries - get them before the birds do! But don't eat them raw, they can make you quite sick. I think there's elderberry recipes somewhere on the site - wine is nice, I like jelly best, but you can also mix them in with other fruit (plum and apple, for example) in jam. And next year get the flowers for elderflower bubbly (but don't ask Nev about it, he hates it :mrgreen: !), or cordial.

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Post: #5942 wulf
Thu Aug 25, 2005 7:05 am

When I was growing up, we had an elder tree at the end of our garden. I remember my Mum putting a sheet over the rotary washing line when the berries were in season because the bird droppings became rich purple and highly staining!

I think our main use of the fruits was for dishes like summer pudding, with various berries baked, as I recall, in a shell of bread.

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Post: #5944 2steps
Thu Aug 25, 2005 12:22 pm

thank you everyone :mrgreen:

I love summer pudding or just the fruits on there own with cream mmmmmm
I was thinking of making some jam with the berries. Don't drink alcohol but may make some cordial

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Post: #5946 Lyds
Thu Aug 25, 2005 6:59 pm

Nice in a pie with lots of apple :mrgreen:


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