Make the most of dark, fragrant elderberries while they’re in season.
Cooking with elderberries can get messy but it’s worth it. They’re full of health-giving properties and have been used medicinally for centuries. There are lots of elderberry recipes out there but here are our favourites.
Elderberry identification: a quick guide
Shrub or small tree
Pinnate leaves with 5 or 7 toothed leaflets
Leaflets oppositely arranged
Pale, corky bark
Clusters of small purple-black berries on red-pink stalks.
Berries ripen July-October depending on where you live