Elderberry, or Holunder in German, shows its pretty and fragrant flowers between May and July and can can be used to make syrup. It is best to harvest the Elderflowers by cutting the buds on a dry, sunny day, when they will have the most aroma and has fully opened flowers.
The Elderflower (Sambucus) form a genus of plants in the family of the musk herb plants (Adoxaceae). The genus contains just over twenty species worldwide, three of which are native to Central Europe. The Elderberry is a strong-growing plant that is completely undemanding and resilient.
The best known of these three species is the Fliederbeere (Blackelder), which in today’s language is usually shortened to “Elder”, in northern Germany often also as “Fliederbeerbusch” . The Flowers and berries are versatile, so you can make syrup or lemonade from both. From the berries you can prepare jelly and liqueur. In ancient times the black berries were also used for coloring.