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a kosher certifying agency in the United States.
The American Elderberry bush, also called the common elderberry, grows wild in North America and can reach up to 12 feet tall. It is hardy in zones 3-8 and we consider it a wise choice for an edible landscape. It flowers in the spring and will bare beautiful blue-purple fruits by the end of summer. These fruits can be used in pancakes, muffins and quick breads in place of blueberries. They can be simmered in a scant amount of water to create juices, jams, pie filling and relishes. The juice is often also used to produce wines and cordials. Fermented bubbly "soft drinks" can be made similar to kombucha by using either kefir culture, a kombucha mushroom or whey strained from yogurt.
Elderberries are loved by many species of butterflies and moths and are a valuable food source for many migrating birds. They have also been consumed for hundreds of years by humans. These humans include Native American Indians, early American explorers, pioneers and settlers. They traditionally picked the berries in the late summer or early fall and laid them thinly in the sun to dry. Then, during the winter months, as needed, they either cooked their dried berries into rich sauces that did not need any sweetening or ate them raw. When consumed in the raw state they have a sweet earthy flavor.
These elderberries have been air-dried and will store at room temperature in your cupboard until you are ready to use them.