hist-brewing: Elderberries

Steven Sanders geigertube at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 23 15:15:59 PDT 2002

--- jps <segedy at gsinet.net> wrote:
> I recently came across a multitude of wild
> elderberries.  In looking for
> jelly recipes both books I looked in pointed out
> that they are poisionous,
> but that heat destroys the poision.  I have also
> frozen a bag full to do a
> mead with, per recommendations that it help break
> them up to get more juice.
> My question for the group is should they be cooked
> before adding them to a
> mead?  None of the wine or mead recipes I've seen
> say anything about cooking
> them, and I don't recall ever hearing about anyone
> being poisioned by
> elderberry wine, but obviously I don't want to make
> up bottles of poision.
> Thanks,
> John

Only the berries of the dwarf elder plant are
poisonous. Its leaves are thin and elongated, with
ridged edges, whereas the normal elder's leaves are
shorter, and more or less football shaped. 


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