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American Black Elderberry

Introduction of American Black Elderberry

            Scientific name - Sambucus nigra

Native to most of Europe, Elderberries grows 10 to 12 feet tall and wide. This purple black fruit is used in pies, wines, jellies, jams, juices and soup. Having said that, they are one of the easiest and most versatile shrubs to cultivate in your edible landscape!

Elderberry also known as Sambucus is from the family of Adoxaceae, which is a genus of flowering plant. Formerly placed in the honeysuckle family, the fruits when ripe are blackish purple in color and globose in shape. With seeds just about 3mm long, they are globular in shape and about 4 mm diameter, calyx persistent at the apex.

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Components in Elderberries

The juice of elderberry was used in treating flu. With so much of medicinal properties they are also used in wine making and jelly preparation. Following are some of the components present in Sambucus and it includes:

Amino acids
Viburnic acid
Vitamin A and B and
Large amount of vitamin C

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Nutritional Value of American Black Elderberry

Calories 73 Calories from Fat 4
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0%
Sodium 0%
Total Carbohydrate 6%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 0g
Vitamin A 12% , Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 4% , Iron 9%

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Health Benefits of American Black Elderberry

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There are several uses in an elderberry; its antioxidant activity helps to

arrow Reduce Heart Disease.

arrow Treat wounds.

arrow Cure eye inflammation.

arrow Lower cholesterol.

arrow Improve vision.

arrow Boost the immune systems.

arrow Tonsillitis.

arrow Bacterial and viral infections .

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