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steven
01:35PM, 27 Oct 2009
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01:35PM, 27 Oct 2009
Sophie
Would like to know all there is too know about the Australian variety of Elderberry.

I thought it was a Privet, because of the black berries. But had a man come to my house wanting to pick the flowers to make a syrup. Quite surprised, would now like to know what else I can do with the Elderberries??

Submitted: 07:23PM, 27 Oct 2009
Answer: The Australian elder group comprises two species from Australasia. The flowers are in rounded panicles, and the berries white or yellow; they are shrubs growing to 3 metre high.
Sambucus australasica Yellow Elderberry; New Guinea, eastern Australia.
Sambucus gaudichaudiana Australian Elderberry or White Elder; shady areas of south eastern Australia.

see also:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus

photo of S. australasicus: http://www.anbg.gov.au/photo/apii/id/a/6515

although the yellow or white berries are often mentioned as a bush food, I can find no reference to suitability for syrup production. If yours has black berries it is probably S. nigra, the european variety. A google search will yield lots of information and methods for syrup or wine making.

Category: Fruit & Citrus
Tags: natives
Answered: 01:51PM, 05 Nov 2009

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