Are these black berries edible? What is this plant?
What is the name of this plant? Please, help me to identify this bush. If I remember it right, it was blooming with white flowers, and now it has lots of black berries. It grows in the garden on my way home, but I never see the owners to ask them about this plant. What’s this plant? Are the berries edible? If so, are they good for health and how to use them? Hope, someone can help me to know more about this plant. Thank you in advance for all your answers!
This tree or bush is Sambucus nigra or Elderberry. This is the species most often used medicinally. The ripe, cooked berries (pulp and skin) of most species of Sambucus are edible.
However, most uncooked berries and other parts of plants from this genus are poisonous.
Sambucus nigra is the only variety considered to be non-toxic, but it is still recommended that its berries be cooked slightly for culinary purposes.