here we are told that red elderberries are toxic and only the blue (purple, black) fruited varieties are edible., and even those need to be cooked.
I didn't know that elderberry leaves are toxic to stock so having to rethink where I am going to put the one I bought two weeks ago.
Red Cloud 31 wrote:
Goats and sheep can eat elderberry leaves, but don't usually consume much. In Herbal Handbook for Barn and Stable, Juliette Levy says that sheep cure themselves of foot rot from eating elderberry shoots. I think they are probably poisonous to other stock, though.
Illegal to propagate?!!! What is this world coming to?
Burra Maluca wrote:
Sigh. I've spent five years attempting to get elder to grow here in Portugal and all I have to show is a stick in the ground with a cluster of about three live leaves. There is one growing in the village, and I will continue to raid it for cuttings until I finally get some good trees from it.
John Saltveit wrote:We have been making and eating the local native blue elderberry jam for years. It is effective in stopping colds and flus. German research has shown this.