Frontier Elderberries, Whole, Organic 1 lb.
ITEM CODE #2730
COMMON NAME: ELDERBERRIES
Standardized: European elder
Other: black elder
BOTANICAL NAME: Sambucus nigra L.
Plant Family: Caprifoliaceae
OVERVIEW: European elder berry is a plant native to Europe, Northern Africa, and Western-and Central Asia. Its flowers and berries have a long history of use in traditional European medicine. Elder berries have also been used for making preserves, wines, winter cordials, and for adding flavor and color to other wines.
Elder berries support healthy immune system functioning.*
Fruits: The fruits of S. nigra and a few other species are used for culinary and medicinal purposes. Only the purple- to black-fruited species are used; these include S. nigra (sensu lato) and S. ebulus, as well as S. australis Cham. & Schlecht. from South America. Two Asian species occasionally have black fruits, but are not likely to be found in commerce. Sambucus racemosa also rarely has dark fruits, which are smaller than those of most species. The taste of the fruit is sweet and slightly sour, and the odor is characteristic; other characters are as given below. Pyrenes are variable within and among taxa and are of little taxonomic use. (A fruit might be expected to contain as many pyrenes as the ovary had had locules, but commonly some or even all of the ovules prove infertile and do not mature.)
USES AND PREPARATIONS: Teas, tinctures, syrups, wine, cordials, and even ketchup, often combined with propolis or echinacea. The flowers and berries are most commonly used. The dried fruits are less bitter than fresh. The branches and leaves are poisonous. The small stem which is sometimes left on the berry is safe.
CONSTITUENTS: Potassium nitrate, sambucin, sambunigrin, sugars. The complex sugars of the berries are the immune-active fraction.
PRECAUTIONS: Specific: The raw fruit contains a component sambungin which may cause vomiting and severe diarrhea if ingested.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
For educational purposes only.