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Elderberry Pic by Roger Butterfield
Picture Elderberry by Roger Butterfield

The elderberry plant produces some of the most wonderful opportunities for pictures. From blooms to berries and then jam or wine, the elderberry is an excellent candidate for photos throughout the growing and making process. has collected the photos below from a number of people around the world. Proper credit is given to each photographer, and you can certainly visit their websites by clicking on their names.

Elderberry Flowers by John Nevius
Elderberry Flowers. Photo by John Nevius.

Below you’ll find:

  • What Elderberry Bushes Look Like
  • Elderberry Photos
  • Elderberry Plant Photos
  • Photos of Elderberry Jam
  • Picture Elderberry

The elderberry plant really makes a great subject for photography, especially because of all the changes that it goes through. From flowers to berries to ripe berries – the plant offers a wide variety of colors from the flowers, to the stem to the berries.

How Do You Recognize Elderberries?

You can often find these small trees or shrubs growing along rivers or streams. There are two main types of elderberry bushes, the American elderberry, also known as Sambucus canadensis and the European elderberry, otherwise known as Sambucus nigra. The American elderberry bush may reach 12 feet in height, while the European elderberry bush can even become 20 feet high at maturity. This shrub will have a spreading form to it, with multiple trunks and an abundance of berries.

Elderberries in Stewart Falls, Utah
Elderberries in Stewart Falls, Utah. Photo by Raspberrytart.

The berries themselves are only ¼ inch in diameter, with a small scar on each one, and are dark purple when they become ripe. However an important warning needs to be given about these fruits – do not eat these berries while they are still red and unripe, they present a considerable degree of toxicity. When it comes to the red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa), for example, it’s advised that you avoid consuming any part of the plant, including the flowers and red berries, as they are toxic.

Elderberries by Dianna Smith
Elderberries. Photo by Dianna Smith.

Having said this, some people may even have unpleasant side effects from eating raw purple elderberries.

How Do Elderberries Taste Like?

Elderberries are typically harvested from July to September and are known for their tangy, tart taste. Although this is the objectively perceived taste of this fruit, some people may consider the taste too intense when eating the berries raw, while others will go ahead and easily eat them as snacks.

The situation is similar to consuming other berries as well, since all of them have a unique, intense taste.

Mosaic of Elderberries to Jelly by Jim Baker
Mosaic of Elderberries to Jelly. Photo by Jim Baker.
Freshly Made Elderberry Jelly on Biscuits
Freshly Made Elderberry Jelly on Biscuits. Photo by Jim Baker.

Many people like to make jam from elderberries, whereas others prefer to make elderberry wine.

Residual Elderberry Jelly in Cooking Pot by Jim Baker
Residual Elderberry Jelly in Cooking Pot. Photo by Jim Baker.

How Can You Use Elderberries?

Elderberries are mostly used in pies, jams, jellies, and beverages. Their use does not end here though, as they can also be added to a fresh green salad. You can also boil the flowers together with sugar in order to create a delicious syrup or you can infuse these flowers to make tea. You can add the syrup to your favorite desserts or pour over delicious pancakes.

You can also include elderberries in your regular smoothies, experimenting with different additional ingredients until you get your preferred taste. You can also dry these berries up and add them to your yogurt together with other nutritious snacks. You can also freeze up these berries and consume them later on, depending on your availability and preferences. The possibilities are really endless, making elderberries extremely versatile and delicious in any way you may choose to consume them.

Elderberry Blossoms by Dianna Smith
Elderberry Blossoms. Photo by Dianna Smith.

Due to their intense purple coloring, elderberries can also be naturally used for food coloring. As a bonus, their impressive antioxidant content makes these berries an excellent ingredient in any body lotion, so you can use elderberries even to make yourself your very own homemade beauty products.

Where Can You Buy Elderberries From?

Elderberries are not that easy to find, especially from August through May, when the prices are also legitimately higher than in their regular season. This is why it’s recommended that you find an organic producer that you can buy from during elderberry season and then dry these berries up or freeze them so you can also use them when the market offers scarce possibilities. Similarly you can readily buy them as dried fruits from organic farmers.

You can also buy a number of products that contain elderberries on Amazon.

Elderberries on a Bush
Elderberries on a Bush – Ripe and ready for Jelly Making Time! Photo by Jim Baker.

Health Benefits of Elderberries

Apart from making a delicious addition to your morning yogurt, daily smoothie or occasional homemade dessert, elderberries have been widely known for their impressive health benefits. The Sambucus nigra elderberry, so the European elderberry, is most closely connected to body healing in folk perception. This is not a novel discovery though – Hippocrates called the elderberry bush his ‘medicine chest’.

Elderberries by Alex Skelly
Elderberries. Photo by Alex Skelly.

Elderberries are a powerhouse of vitamins and antioxidants that help the body in more than one way. These wonder berries are mostly known for having impressive qualities in the fight against the common flu and the cold. Apart from their great support for the immune system, elderberries can also ease inflammation and may protect your heart, as well.

Elderberries have also been said to be efficient with headaches, joint or muscle pain, constipation, epilepsy, fever, stress and kidney issues. Of course, these effects have been informally observed and more clinical studies are needed to back these berries up scientifically in the fight against certain health afflictions.

One small study conducted in a group of 60 adults that presented symptoms similar to those of the common flu showed that a daily intake of this fruit will alleviate symptoms and accelerate recovery. The adults that took 15 ml of elderberry syrup four times a day cleared up four days quicker in terms of symptoms than the other that took the placebo version. This is only one of the isolated cases though, so it’s recommended that you don’t actually bypass the flu shot or a healthy diet that provides you with vitamins C, B6 and E.

Elderberries by Laura Bell
Elderberries. Photo by Laura Bell.

The high flavonoid content in these berries will also give them the anti-inflammatory effect that’s needed to alleviate the symptoms and unsightly eruptions of acne, while also bringing in a much needed antiseptic effect. Elderberries are also helpful in soothing the skin and with age-related spots.

All in all, with 27 grams (g) of elderberries which make about a cup full, you will get numerous nutrients – vitamins and minerals that boost your immune system. Having said this, by consuming a cup full of elderberries, you will likely benefit from 870 mg of vitamin A, 406 mg of potassium, 52.2 mg of vitamin C, 55 mg of calcium, 9 mg of folate and 2.32 mg of iron. This is not all of it, since you’ll also benefit from 10.2 mg of dietary fiber.

Closeup of Elderberry Flower Head by Jim Baker
Picture Elderberry – Closeup of Elderberry Flower Head – Photographed in Southern Arkansas in late May. Photo by Jim Baker. This is a single flower cluster of an American elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) shrub. This cluster was about 10 inches (25 cm) in diameter (about the size of a soccer ball). In late summer, each flowerlet will produce a purple berry.

When all is said and done, elderberries are really miraculous fruits that not only contribute to make our lives tastier and more nutritious but also help boost our health and well-being. Apart from this, they also make for amazing visual treats, as the elderberry plant goes through many transformations during its lifecycle. Many photographers, both amateur and professional ones, will often make elderberries the subject of their inspiration. However the photography database is not only exclusive to them, you can join in too.

Elderberries Not Yet Ripe by Alaskapine
Elderberries Not Yet Ripe. Photo by Alaskapine.

Do you have an Elderberry photo that has a great story behind it? If so, we want to hear about it! Leave a comment below!

Lovely Elderberry Plant by Mike Hitzelberger

Lovely Elderberry Plant. Photo by Mike Hitzelberger.

Elderberry Plant with Flower Clusters
American Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) Plant with Flower Clusters. Photo by Jim Baker.
Wild Elderberries by Chuck Harkins
Wild Elderberries. Photo by Chuck Harkins.
Red Elderberry (Sambucus Racemosa) by Jake
Red Elderberry (Sambucus Racemosa). Photo by Jake.
Elderberry Cluster by Sharon Talson
Elderberry Cluster. Photo by Sharon Talson.

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Sunday 11th of October 2015

How can I be sure that the wild bush in my yard is elderberry? It does look like all the pictures.