Florida Select Elderberry – Great for Jams, and Wine!
Sambucus nigra subsp. canadensis Did you know that elderberry fruit have more vitamin C per unit weight than oranges or tomatoes? So raise a toast to elderberry wine and spread your toast with elderberry jam! Elderberry is a lovely native shrub, is found in wet woodlands and pond edges. The shrub is 6-10 feet tall with delicate, fern like leaves. Masses of 10 inch, flat-headed clusters of tiny flowers resemble lilacs and bloom spring into fall. Small fruit attract birds, butterflies, wine makers and other wildlife when ripe in late summer. Florida Select is a variety we found growing locally, heavy production and good juice content. Fruit ripens in July. Elderberries have very high antioxidant levels, they are rated as 14,500 on the ORAC Scale (Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity. Blackberries, in contrast, are 5347 on the ORAC scale, and sweet cherries are 3365.) In addition, the particular antioxidants found in elderberries happen to have an antiviral effect. Zones 8-11.