In our neck of the woods, Penn’s Woods that is, the elderberries are blooming this week. It’s time to make a mental note of where to collect some berries to make that wonderful elderberry jelly.
Elderberry shrubs are easily seen from a distance when they’re blooming. The large flowering heads are quite noticeable from afar because they measure 6 or 8 inches across, maybe more.
Look at the edge of fields and near streams or water sources for elderberry shrubs.
Once you find the shrubs that are apparently elderberry bushes take a moment and verify your identification
by looking at the foliage. This is an important step because the blooms of elderberry look like Viburnum flowers.
Elder leaves are compound with 5-7 leaflets. Viburnum leaves are not compound.
Elderberries bloom for about a two week period so you may still have time to locate some berries for your kitchen.