If they had been thinking women such as Aunt Karen & Aunt Nanci, they'd have lured lonely old bachelors and secured manual labor with their elderberry jelly!!! I'm hoping the birds will leave you some berries...if your elderberry jelly is anywhere near as tasty as your strawberry jam, I'm in!!!
European Black Elder (Sambuca, sp.) flowers are used herbally and quite successfully for lung and throat conditions as a tea or cough drop candy. Elder flower tea is a great anti-bacterial and possibly anti-viral for throat and lung conditions. Elderberry in America is a slightly different and a bit less medicinally successful than Black Elder. Mother warned us, in eating the ripe raw fruit, "You'll be SICK!!" and yes, we did feel a bit nauseaous after eating some. I still feel it after eating elderberry pie. Birds do act a bit delirious, or drunk, after feeding on them. I don't know what the active ingredient is, but it's there. The delicious liqueor, St. Germaine, is highly flavored florally with European Black Elder flowers.