Elderberry is a plant with multiple virtues. The berries, very dark blue, are rich in anthocyanins, an antioxidant pigment. They are also rich in vitamin A, B6, and C, as well as polyphenols.
Thus, elderberries are an excellent companion in reducing symptoms of colds, flu and inflammation of the respiratory tract. It is made into a syrup by decoction that can be consumed for prevention or treatment. Elderberries are said to contain a substance that prevents the flu virus from entering our cells.
The taste, slightly tart, is at the intersection of wild blueberry, blackberry, and blackcurrant.