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Sambucus canadensis L. var. canadensis

This result should not be considered complete or definitive and is for reference only. Care must be taken when using any wild plant for food, fiber, medicine or any other non-traditional uses. The information was complied using multiple sources and these references should be consulted for more complete descriptions of usage(s) and potential health risk. We are not responsible for any ill effects from the information included on this page.

Uses Part Preparation Effect Notes
Vegetable  Fruit Raw or cooked
Flower Battered and fried
Fruit Crushed, sauce Puree
Flower Fried Not fully opened- add to pancakes, eggs
Stem Maple syrup tap
Shoot Like asparagus
Dye  Bark grey Mordant(s) -iron
Fruit purple Mordant(s) -alum
Leaf yellow, gold Mordant(s) -alum, chrome
Medicine  Flower Stimulant/tonic Fully opened- for colds, high blood pressure
Fruit Colds/sore throat/earache Cough syrup
Fruit Tea Multiple Boils, dropsy
Leaf POISON, all vegetative parts
Leaf Skin/sores/bleeding
Root Infusion Digestion Emetic

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