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Must be infused in boiling water prior to consumption.
Latin Name: Sambucus nigra
Plant Family: Adoxaceae
Other Names: Black Elder, Common Elder, Pipe Tree, Bore Tree, Bour Tree, Lady Ellhorn, Whistle Tree, Old Lady, Hylder, Hylantree, Eldrum, Ellhorn, Hollunder, Sabuco, Sabugo & Sureau.
Description: It is a deciduous shrub or small tree growing to 4–6 m (rarely to 10 m) tall. The bark, light grey when young, changes to a coarse grey outer bark with lengthwise furrowing. The leaves are arranged in opposite pairs, 10–30 cm long, pinnate with five to seven (rarely nine) leaflets, the leaflets 5–12 cm long and 3–5 cm broad, with a serrated margin.
Our Elderberries should always be infused in boiling water and never consumed raw.
Brief History: The name Elder comes from the Anglo-Saxon word 'aeld' meaning fire, possibly due to the use of the hollow stems as a blow pipe to make a fire burn. In the 17th Centrury Martin Blochwich published “The Anatomy of the Elder” a treatise that then looked at over 2,000 years of information on the elder and its uses.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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