Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?ZOFWY 30 June 2011 Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)

Elderberry in the wild produce many small berries on as spider-like cluster from about the middle of August. These berries make a pleasant fruit addition to the diet. I pick around 50 pounds or more, when the berries ripen, and make juice and pressure can for storage in liter jars.

These berries when mature are difficult to find in the bush, since they tend to camouflage well. The bushes are easy to locate when the white flowers form at this time of year, so their location is noted for future picking. The bushes appear to be heavily laden this year, probably due to a wet Spring. There are many in my area along various Park perimeters and semi-cultivated areas.

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