Latin Name: Sambucus nigra
Origin: Croatia, Poland
History: The elder tree is native to Europe, North Africa, an Western Asia. It has been in use since the Egyptian times, and is associated with vast superstitions.
Farming and Harvesting: The Elder trees mostly grow in the northern hemisphere, in temperate to subtropic regions. These trees have been cultivated largely for their attractive flowers. The small white to cream colored flowers of the elder tree bloom in late spring, followed by the black or red berries.
Aroma: Aromatic, mild, pleasant and sweet
Flavor: Mild, tart, somewhat sweet
Culinary Applications: Wine, jelly, jam, pies, and deserts
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