Saturday, August 4, 2012
These dark purple, almost black, elderberries are really interesting. Up until a couple of months ago, I didn't know much about them. From what I've read, all parts of the plant are to a certain extent toxic, even the seeds. As a result, eating too many of the berries raw can give you an upset stomach. I don't think there is much risk of that for me because they taste awful raw as far as I'm concerned.
The clusters are fairly easy to strip - almost like stripping currants. I have two one gallon recipes - one calling for 3 lbs of ripe berries and another calling for 10 lbs. I'm assuming the latter will result in a richer more full-bodied wine. So far, we've picked around 5 lbs and when all is said and done, we'll have enough to make wine and a batch or two of jam.