What is black elderberry?
In the past, the black elderberry was nicknamed "the pharmacy of country people." Very popular in Europe, its berries and flowers can be used in different ways, including herbal medicine, fine cuisine and alternative medicine.
What does black elderflower taste like?
Elderflower has an aromatic flavour reminiscent of nuts with a musky note. Both floral and rustic, its taste is very pleasant.
How to use black elderflowers?
In herbal tea
It is possible to infuse them alone to obtain a pure taste or to create your own mixture by adding your favourite plants.
In the kitchen
They have a thousand and one uses, let your creativity run free! Enhance your jams, jellies, compotes, pies and desserts. In addition, they make excellent cocktail syrups and lemonades.
The flowers are also prized in the food industry for flavouring sparkling wines, premium tonics, teas, syrups and various beverages.
In herbal medicine
In modern herbal medicine, the flowers are the main part used. According to the monographs of the German Commission E, a recognized organization for the research and writing of a therapeutic guide to phytotherapy, black elderberry helps with coughs, bronchitis, fever and colds.
The infusion of dried flowers would also act as a tonic, expectorant and diuretic.
It can also be used externally, as a poultice to reduce inflammation and relieve pain, and as an ointment to soothe burns and scalds.