Is this an elderberry? And how do I tell when it's ripe?

digitalawakening(9b Orlando)July 19, 2010

I've got some of what I'm pretty sure are elderberries, but would like to be sure before I harvest/cook/distill/etc them. Also, I don't know how to tell when they are ripe/ready for harvest? A few are dropping off of the bushes, but I don't really see the birds going at them yet.

Image on this page: http://elderberries.ning.com/forum/topics/are-these-elderberries-and-how

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

It certainly looks like an elderberry (Sambucus) but I only know Sambucus nigra and this one looks a little different from the ones I see over here. Hope someone else can help.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2010 at 1:53PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
denninmi(8a)

Yes, its an elderberry. Ideally, you pick them when all of them on the cluster have turned dark and ripe, but if the birds are taking them you can pick them a little earlier when just most of them have ripened, and just don't use the green ones. If you wait too long, they'll fall off and be lost.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2010 at 11:15AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
sunchoke, jerusalem artichoke
hello. i live in michigan. never had sunchoke before,...
anikomaier
Help! My edible forest garden is getting the better of me.
Hi, all! Late winter, a year and a half ago, I converted...
HarrietMcLeod
Need advice for front-yard edible landscape
I am seeking advice on how to win over my neighborhood...
GrowMakeGive
espalier - not apple or pear
Does anyone have any experience with creating an espalier...
lpinkmountain
North star cherry tree size
I can't find any consistent info on this. Everyone...
shine0216
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™