Description Shrub/small tree. Up to about 3m high. Umbrella shaped flower sprays. Purple/black berries.
Uses Flowers in cordials, champagne, beer aroma, desserts. Berries as any other berry - wines, addition to dark beers.
Habitat Hedgerow, roadsides.
Season Flowers Late May-early July. Berries August/September.
Distribution All over UK except northern Scotland.
Anybody put off by the word ‘foraging’ and all the dangers should relax a little. Elder is one of the easiest plants to identify and a walk around the block of most cities should turn up a few plants, identifiable by their sprays of white flower bunches.