Taken at Belhaven
Bay on 8th September 2019 using Nikon
D500 with Sigma 600 mm zoom lens.
Taken at Balgray
Reservoir on 23rd
September 2018 using Panasonic Lumix LX5 in macro mode
|Hedges, waste-ground roadsides and woods.
Up to 6mts.
Late Spring to Mid Summer.
berries can be eaten when fully ripe but are mildly poisonous in
their unripe state. All green parts of the plant are
berries are edible after cooking and can be used to make jam,
jelly and chutney
The flowerheads are commonly used in infusions, giving a very
refreshing drink sold as Elderflower cordial
The flowers can also be dipped into a light batter and then fried to
elderflower fritters. In Scandinavia and Germany, soup made from the
berry is a traditional meal. Both flowers and berries can be made
wine, and in Hungary an
elderberry brandy is made
requires 50 kg of fruit to produce
1 litre of
brandy. In south-western Sweden, it is traditional to make
a snaps liqueur
flavoured with elderflower. Elderflowers are also used in liqueurs such
and in a mildly alcoholic sparkling elderflower
'champagne'. In Beerse, Belgium, a variety
of Jenever called Beers
Vlierke is made from the berries.