The elderberry bush is a member of the Honeysuckle family. It is a small tree shrouded by fragile white flowers forming as berry clusters generally between August and October, mostly in cool-to-warm areas of the countries.


Only the purplish variety is good for eating, although the food standards agency recommends cooking raw elderberries because they contain a cyanide-like chemical which can make some people nauseas. Green, unripe, or bright red elderberries are bitter and possibly toxic, even when cooked.


Health Benefits


  • Rich in antioxidants, indicated by its high vitamin C content and deep coloured flavonoid anthocyanin, which promotes autoimmunity and reduces the risk of cancerous cells forming. (1)


  • Provides antibacterial functions which help to clear conjunctivitis in the eye, soften skin and lighten freckles. The elderberry flowers can also be steeped in oil to make a lotion that relaxes sore muscles and soothes burns, sunburn, and rashes. (2)


  • Contains antimicrobial properties which herbalists still use to clear sinuses, relieve nasal congestion, soothe upset stomachs and relieve gas. (3)


  • Elderberries reportedly have diuretic and detoxifying properties which is considered good for weight management. (4)


  • Supplies the body with iron which is great for oxidising blood and regulating blood pressure. (5)


Elderberry Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 100 grams, raw

  Amt. Per 
% Daily 
Calories 73
Calories from Fat 4
Total Fat 0 g 1%
Saturated Fat 0 g 0%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 g 0%
Sodium 6 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 18 g 6%
Dietary Fibre 7 g 28%
Sugar 0 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A12% Vitamin C 60%
Calcium4% Iron 9%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.





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