Fresh Elderberry


What are elderberries?

Have you ever heard of elderberries but weren’t sure exactly what they are? Elderberries are small, dark-colored berries found growing on elderberry shrubs that can reach heights up to 12 feet. They are members of the Sambucus species and are native to Europe, western Asia, and North America. Elderberries may be found growing wild in areas like hedgerows, meadows and riverbanks but can also be cultivated at home with some patience and effort.

The elderberry shrubs is also known for its distinct branches that grow outwards in an umbrella pattern. During springtime these branches will produce clusters of white flowers that attract pollinators like bees and butterflies while the summer brings bright purple or black colored berries which will remain on the plant until late autumn when they are ready to be picked.

The most popular use for elderberries is for making jam, wine, or syrups due to their tart flavor and natural sweetness.

What are the benefits of the elderberry?

Elderberry has long been used in folk medicine to treat a variety of illnesses, but the potential health benefits of elderberries are just now being more thoroughly researched and documented. In addition to its high levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, elderberry has been found to have a wide range of health benefits.

One of the most well-known elderberry benefits is its antiviral properties. Elderberries are high in antioxidants, which can help to fight off viruses such as influenza, as well as boost the immune system. Research has shown that elderberry can also be used to help reduce inflammation and decrease pain.

In terms of vitamins and minerals, elderberries are an excellent source of vitamin C. This powerful antioxidant helps protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, boosts collagen production for healthier skin, and strengthens bones and teeth. Elderberries also contain vitamin B6, which plays a role in helping convert food into energy.

Elderberries are also rich in many minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus. Calcium is important for strong bones and teeth while iron is necessary for transporting oxygen throughout the body. Magnesium is important for regulating muscle and nerve function as well as helping regulate blood pressure while manganese helps with energy metabolism. Finally phosphorus is essential for forming new tissues and producing hormones and enzymes necessary for growth.

In addition to these vitamins and minerals, elderberries contain other phytonutrients that may have even more potential health benefits than those mentioned above. Anthocyanins, one type of flavonoid found in elderberries have been studied for their ability to lower cholesterol levels as well as act as anti-inflammatory agents within the body. Additionally some studies suggest that ellagic acid found in elderberry could prevent cancerous tumors from forming by inhibiting certain tumor proteins from being formed in the first place.

So next time you’re feeling under the weather or simply want to support your overall health make sure you pick up some elderberries! With its potent blend of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants it’s sure to help you feel your best.

American Elderberry (Sambucus Canadensis) vs European Elderberry (Sambucus Nigra)

Most dried elderberries along with syrups bought and sold online come from Europe. While we love ALL the elderberry subspecies, it’s important that you know what you are getting for your money. Keep in mind, we think the European Elderberry (Nigra) is also extremely beneficial, we just listed differences below about the benefits of the American Elderberry over its counterpart.

American Elderberry is a powerful medicinal berry with multiple health benefits. It’s becoming extremely popular for its ability to naturally boost immunity and reduce inflammation. But why is American Elderberry better than European Elderberry?

The most significant difference between American Elderberry and European Elderberry lies in the levels of antioxidants found in each berry. Studies have shown that American Elderberry contains higher levels of both flavonoids and anthocyanins, which are key antioxidants that help to fight off oxidative stress, a major contributor to many chronic diseases.

American Elderberry also contains more vitamin C than its European counterpart, making it a superior immune-booster and helping to protect the body against viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. Furthermore, studies suggest that American Elderberry has more anti-inflammatory properties than European Elderberry due to its high levels of procyanidins and catechins, two compounds known for their ability to reduce inflammation throughout the body.

Ultimately, American Elderberry is an incredibly versatile berry packed with nutrients that make it an ideal supplement for any diet—especially those aiming for increased immune health or decreased inflammation.

I've heard the cyanide levels in uncooked Elerberries is harmful. Is this a myth?

A recent study published in 2021 (which can be found in the National Library of Medicine – here) concluded that the levels of TFP and CNGs found in the tissues of the American Elderberry pose no threat to consumers. The research in the study was supported by the Missouri Department of Agriculture through the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.








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