The berries and flowers of the Elderberry plant are used medicinally in teas, syrups, and tinctures. Only the blue or black berries are edible, and can be added to jams and jellies, or used as a dye.
Elderberries have been touted for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties for centuries. They are often used to support the immune system. These delicious berries may be made into a syrup that can be taken as is or enjoyed over pancakes or even on oatmeal. It is a natural remedy commonly favored and used by children.
Dried Elderberries are a food, and thus we keep it in the kitchen. Though they are not as moist or as sweet as raisins, we add them to many food recipes as we do raisins (hot cereals, vegetable dishes, stir-fry, waffles and pancakes and granola).