Monday, April 28, 2014

Elderberries are blooming across Florida

Keep your eyes open for patches of elderberries at this time of year. The blooms are a dead giveaway:


As I travel Florida's turnpike north of Orlando, I see many hundreds of stands of elderberries.

Keep your eyes open now, then you can go back and harvest the excellent medicinal berries in a couple of months.

Places to look: swamps, drainage ditches, forest edges, roadsides. Elderberries like moist soil and will live in half-shade to full sun.

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At July 6, 2015 at 9:54 AM , Anonymous Rachel said...

Hi David,
I know this is an older post, but I was looking for any info you had on harvesting wild elderberries. I've come across loads along a regularly traveled back road and was going to harvest some and make syrup/jam/pie/etc but wanted to know any tips you had for selecting good plants to pick from or processing techniques.

 
At July 6, 2015 at 10:00 AM , Anonymous David The Good said...

Hi Rachel,

I look for plants with good, full heads of larger berries. Many of our wild ones are little. Also, I've found that the labor involved with removing the elderberries from the stems makes them rather difficult to process in any quantity. I often just put heads in the dehydrator to dry, then eat the dried berries when I'm feeling like I have the flu. If you come up with any good ideas, pass 'em on!

 

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