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Plant Identification: SOLVED: is this Elderberry?

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zameluzza
Alfred, ON
(Zone 4b)

July 3, 2008
6:46 PM

Post #5199301

I have this plant growing besids the silo, never noticed this until yesterday *LOL*

on top of the silo we have always birds and I figure it got here with dropings or seeds??!!!
anyways it looks like Elderberry but I'm not sure.

thanks in advance
Carmen

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zameluzza
Alfred, ON
(Zone 4b)

July 3, 2008
6:47 PM

Post #5199303

another pix

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zameluzza
Alfred, ON
(Zone 4b)

July 3, 2008
6:47 PM

Post #5199305

more

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zameluzza
Alfred, ON
(Zone 4b)

July 3, 2008
6:48 PM

Post #5199310

again

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zameluzza
Alfred, ON
(Zone 4b)

July 3, 2008
6:48 PM

Post #5199312

last one

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 3, 2008
7:08 PM

Post #5199409

Yes, elderberry.

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


July 3, 2008
8:38 PM

Post #5199773

Elderberry; in your area probably Sambucus canadensis, the American Elder.
zameluzza
Alfred, ON
(Zone 4b)

July 3, 2008
9:16 PM

Post #5199918

thanks everyone :)

so one more question are the berries good to eat ?

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

July 3, 2008
9:38 PM

Post #5200020

With Elder, the berries are edible when fully ripe (dark purple to black), but are slightly poisonous when unripe (green to reddish).

Resin
echinops
Logansport, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 3, 2008
10:36 PM

Post #5200335

a grandfather of mine used to make elderberry wine...

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


July 3, 2008
11:02 PM

Post #5200440

If you cook the berries to make preserves, pancake syrup, or wine, the poison will be neutralized. The toxin is a cyanogenic glycoside known as sambunigrin. Letting the fruit completely ripen helps to reduce the toxin, but cooking the fruit gets rid of it.
zameluzza
Alfred, ON
(Zone 4b)

July 4, 2008
12:02 AM

Post #5200669

thank you all for the help :)

now let's hope the birds won't steal them before I can use them :)
thanks again
Carmen

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


July 4, 2008
12:11 AM

Post #5200709

Hey Carmen, you don't have to wait for the birds to rob you. The flowers can be dipped in pancake batter and pan-fried to make elder-flower fritters!
zameluzza
Alfred, ON
(Zone 4b)

July 4, 2008
12:48 AM

Post #5200871

Metrosideros :)
thanks, but if I do that I can't make some wine *LOL*

how do the fritters taste?

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


July 4, 2008
1:31 AM

Post #5201095

Elder-flower fritters taste great! I prefer whole-grain pancake mix with lots of cinnamon. Remove the flowers from the stem, and while cradling them in a ladle, dip them in the batter and drop into a shallow puddle of oil in a hot skillet, and fry till golden brown on both sides.

To get enough Elberberries for wine production, this is the time of year to take greenwood cuttings from mature plants. They root quickly in a vase with water, then pot them up and allow them to double in height with foliage, and plant them out.
zameluzza
Alfred, ON
(Zone 4b)

July 5, 2008
7:34 PM

Post #5208478

Metrosideros thank you for all that information :)

carmen

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