Red-berried Elder

Sambucus racemosa

preview hoep 00024 sambucus racemosa traubenholunderUnlike the Black Elder the blooms and fruits of Red-berried Elder do not grow in flat curved clusters (umbels), but in small, cone-shaped racemes (panicle). The fruits are bright red and ready to harvest in late July. For the usage as a wild fruit similar measures as for the larger relative are to be taken, though, with an important addition: Since the seeds or cores of the fruits contain toxic substances even after cooking fruits of the Red-berried Elder should always be strained before subsequent processing steps. As a consequence, these fruits, which contain particularly high amounts of vitamin C and other valuable ingredients are used exclusively for the production of juice, syrup and jelly.