Elderberries, raw

Fun Facts

  1. Elderberry plants can be easily confused with toxic water hemlock, which grows in the same areas.
  2. Hemlock is highly poisonous, so be careful when you decide to pick elderberries.
  3. Flies are the main source for the pollination of elderberry flowers. Elderberry does have the ability to self-pollinate, however.
  4. An elderberry plant produces 12 to 15 pounds of berries each year.
  5. The flowers and fruit are both edible. All of the other parts of the plant, however, contain a toxic chemical called sambunigrin.
  6. Elderberries are an excellent source of calcium, iron, manganese, selenium, zinc, dietary fibers, and Vitamins A, B, and C. Elderberries are often referred to as the “people’s medicine chest”.
  7. Elderberries are often used to treat colds, coughs, flues, and fevers. These berries are great options to strengthen your immune system.
  8. Elderberries are perennial plants that can survive up to 100 years in the wild.
  9. Elderberries are highly astringent and could make you sick if you eat too many of them raw.
  10. The stems, bark, and leaves of the elderberry plant have been used as healing poultices.

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