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.

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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
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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
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