American elderberries are Mother Nature’s favourite fruit. These hearty and robust bushes thrive in the fertile growing conditions of Quebec.
Only American elderberries (Sambucus canadensis) can be eaten raw – thereby preserving the highest medicinal and nutritionnal value. (Other species are dangerous – the berries can be toxic unless they are cooked)
Dark purple with a rich blackberry-raspberry flavour, American elderberries are also superior in their health properties. They have been scientifically proven to have 2 to 3X the concentration of antioxidants, vitamin A and vitamin C than cranberries and blueberries. Academic research consistently links elderberry consumption to numerous health benefits, including strengthening the immune system because they demonstrate their ability to inhibit viruses such as lnfluenza A and B and H1N1.
There is an abundance of ongoing research about elderberries and elderflowers.