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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!American Black Elderberry (Sambucus Canadensis) is a deciduous shrub native to North America. It is a member of the Adoxaceae family and can grow up to 10 feet tall. The flowers are small, white and fragrant and the berries are dark purple to black in color.

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.American Black Elderberry is a popular plant for attracting beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies, and for its medicinal and culinary uses. It is a great addition to any garden and can provide year-round interest and beauty.

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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:

arrow Tannin
arrow Amino acids
arrow Carotenoids
arrow Rutin
arrowViburnic acid
arrow Vitamin A and B and
arrowLarge 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 .

Uses of American Black Elderberry

The elderberry's distinctive dark blue-black berries have been used for centuries in Europe to make wines, liqueurs, jams, jellies and other recipes. They are also used to make teas and syrups that are believed to have antiviral and anti-inflammatory benefits. The berries contain a number of compounds including anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants that may help protect cells from damage.

Elderberry is also used in traditional medicine for its purported anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. Studies have shown that elderberry extracts inhibit the growth of certain bacteria and viruses, including influenza. Additionally, elderberry may help reduce symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections, such as coughing, sore throat and congestion.It is also used in cosmetics and skincare products. The berries contain flavonoids, which are believed to have antioxidant properties that may help protect the skin from damage. Additionally, elderberry may help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve skin tone and texture.

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