Back in May of this year, I posted about some of the perennials I planted and included pictures. One of these plants was an elderberry. Quite frankly, it looked like a stick in the ground:
Okay, two sticks in the ground. With a little spurt of green.
My, how four months have changed that. After producing some beautiful white flowers during late spring/early summer, I got a harvest of berries off of it:
This harvest of less than a quarter cup is not something that I can even preserve, I have to use it right away, but it is very cool to get a fruit within four months of the initial of planting. It will continue to get better and better, and most of my work with it is done, all I really have to do is harvest!! Oh, how I love perennials I have an idea of what I’m going to do with this, but I’m saving it for a future post. Tune in later!!!!
Elderberries are mostly used for medicinal purposes and are turned into a syrup. This syrup can be used to help heal a cough, and also as an antibiotic. In fact, when Jaxson had what looked like a minor infection, the doctor “prescribed” him elderberry syrup.