As I was canning 18 jars of elderberry blackberry jelly last weekend, I started thinking about all the different ways to use elderberries. The ideas kept flowing as I stirred in the honey and pectin and filled each jar.
Blue elderberries are an excellent garden plant. Their large shrubby form makes a great backdrop to any garden, the white flowers and dark berries are both beautiful to look at, and the birds enjoy the fruit. Each self-fertile plant may produce around 40-50 pounds of fruit!