Two species of elderberries are found in North America, the sambucus nigra and sambucus canadensis. The fruit from both can be used medicinally and in foods. These were an addition to our farm after we started making a lot of elderberry syrup – it seemed a natural progression to grow the berries ourselves!
Elderberries, like honeyberries, are of the honeysuckle family. They are extremely high in vitamin C and are packed full of antioxidants. The fruit is often used medicinally as a digestive aid, insulin regulator, immune booster, and anti-inflammatory. It also provides cardiovascular and respiratory support. Syrups and tinctures of the elderberry fruit are showing to have anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, making these great options for natural flu prevention.
Elderberries are often used in wines, jams, teas, cordials, jellies, natural food dyes (no red-40!) and can be used in recipes as replacements for other berries. It is best not to eat too many of these berries fresh; dried or baked is preferable.
Elderberries are harvested from late August to the second or third week of September.
At Branches and Berries, Wauzeka, Wisconsin, we produce fruits and supply berries for wineries, juice and other food and beverage industries.
- Fruits are packaged in 35-40 pound boxes
- Minimum order of one 35-40 pound box
- Fruit is sold in increments of 35-40 pounds
- Pallet lots of 1,000-1,300 pounds are available
- Frozen berries are available year round
- Fresh berries are available seasonally at the farm