Talkback: Cooking elderberries
Halo Kate,There is an abundance of blackberries this year,I keep going home with blackberry stained fingers from the golf course when I take the dogs up there for a walk,also the elderberry trees are hanging with fruit, it looks like there be will plenty of sweat chestnuts as well this year,not a good start to the year but a good ending,Oldchippy.
Don't forget elderberry wine, and elderberry vinegar as an old cure for colds.
Some idiot has managed to trample all over my "this season planted" sambucas last night while relieving themselves on the way home from the pub in an area of may garden which has open public access!
ive tidied up the plant this morning, cutting back the trampled sections with nice clean cuts... but I'm looking at whats broken and left over, and it seems such a shame to just ditch these healthy stems to the compost heap... is it too late to make softwood cuttings from the remnants, and if not... how do I do it? I love the foliage of this plant and would certainly find other places in the garden it could be used.
elderberries must be removed from the stalks and be made into pies and juices.
Good luck Tam.I dont know whether you can get some of the varieties we have here, such as Sambucus Black Lace, but there are many elderberries that are decorative as well as productive.
I also freeze the berries for winter use.
At this time of year you could start taking hardwood cuttings - just stick the pieces in the ground and leave them to root. They should be ready next autumn. Sambucus roots very easily like this.