Flavoring with Elderberry Blossoms

Jun 20, 2018

Credit SC Public Radio

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. If you’ve been out driving recently, you should have noticed one of our showiest wild flowers in bloom. Elderberry has a coarse texture due to its large, pinnately compound leaves held on stems eight to twelve feet tall. It’s the flowers and fruits that are so eye-catching though. The flowers, although individually small, are borne in flat, broad clusters and with their white color contrasting with the green leaves, are very noticeable. Some people collect the flowers and use them to flavor liquid preparation and also add them to pancake batter to give them a sweet, delicate flavor. The berries also are easy to spot as they develop a deep purple color as they ripen. But look quick, unripe berries are not palatable to birds or mammals, but once they are fully ripened and full of sugar, they’ll disappear almost overnight.