Elderberry (Sambucus nigra), also called elder, is a species complex of flowering plants in the family Adoxaceae. It grows in a variety of conditions including both wet and dry fertile soils, primarily in sunny locations and it’s native to most Europe. Elderberry is important as a garden shrub, as a forest plant, and for it berries, which provide food for wildlife. The berries may be mixed with grapes for jelly or combined with apples as a pie filling. Not only berries can be used but also flowers. Flowers can be turned into a flavoring syrup.
The volunteers at La Buona Terra farm decided to try to make the syrup out of this beautiful flower, and share their recipe with you!