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Pagès associates the Elderberry with other plants and fruits in its creations. This plant with its smooth and sweet notes is ideal for making drinks that are very pleasant to drink.
Focus on the Elderberry, a plant with many virtues and its unique sweet taste.
ORIGINS OF ELDERBERRY
It is said that the Latin name of the Elderberry, "sambucus", comes from the Greek "sambuca". According to history, the sambuca was a small five-stringed harp of Chaldean origin, an ancient region in the Near East. This musical instrument was mainly used by women, its very soft melodic tone attracting only a few male musicians. It is also said that the sambuca was a small flute made by shepherds from hollowed out branches of black Elder wood.
After the medieval period, the leaves of the Elderberry were the most consumed element of the plant. Some used it to perfume creams, its sweet smell close to that of Vanilla earning it the nickname "Vanilla of the poor", which is well suited to the production of cosmetics.
It was only a few years before new uses of Elderberry appeared. In 1851, the Italian people created the sambuca or Elderberry liquor. A blend of Elderberry, Anise and Licorice, this very sweet drink is traditionally drunk pure or with a few flambéed coffee beans.
CHARACTERISTICS OF ELDERBERRY
Genus: Sambucus nigra
Species: herbaceous plant
The Elderberry is a shruberry or shrub a few meters high. Common in the vicinity of dwellings, in hedges and in rubble, Elderberry can be found in many places!
It is found in Europe and Asia. Its light bark has many characteristic cork lenticels. The branches contain a thick white marrow that was once used to mount the microscopic cups.
The Elderberry is a plant renowned for its ecological virtues. The leaves of the Elderberry are known to accelerate the decomposition of compost. It is also said that the collected branches of Elderberry leaves are used as nesting boxes for wintering insects. Black Elder leaf manure is also used in organic gardening. The latter is a natural way to control various mildew and aphids. Black Elder leaf manure would also have the ability to repel rodents such as mice, field mice or voles.
Nowadays, Elderberry can be found in hedges along roadsides. In spring, the Elderberry shines with its large white corymbs. In autumn, the plant produces round, purple-coloured small fruits. Few are those who remember that the fruits of Elderberry are edible.
USES OF ELDERBERRY
Elderberry is consumed in several ways. It is possible to make decoctions of Elder bark, flowers and leaves to consume them as an infusion.
Elder flowers also provide an ideal aroma to wine, vinegar and the drinks in which they are soaked. They can also be added raw to salads or desserts. They are also made into delicious pies. It is also said that apples stored for a few weeks in jars filled with dried Elder flowers acquire a Pineapple taste.
BENEFITS OF ELDERBERRY
The second bark of Elder, with a strong and nauseous smell, is said to be a highly praised diuretic. It is also called laxative.
The leaves appear to have properties similar to those of the bark: diuretics and laxatives. However, they are rarely used for internal use.
Softening and resolving, fresh Elder flowers are often used externally against flowering, frostbite, gout attacks and eye inflammation.
Elderberries are said to be soporific.