|just beginning to ripen, berries will be a dark purple when ripe|
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
We have a long row of Elderberries growing along side one of the gardens. It flowers in the spring with snowy white umbrellas consisting of hundreds of tiny white flowers. If a late frost doesn't hit, killing the blossoms, I can gather the flowers to make fritters. As the summer progresses, tiny, little green berries form.
When the Elderberries ripen I gather them quickly before the birds eat them all. The berries are laid on paper toweling and placed on a window screen, out of the wind and sun, to dry. I don't worry about taking out the stems unless I am making Elderberry jelly or jam. The dried Elderberries make a wonderful hot tea to help combat colds and flu.