Thursday, July 23, 2009

Red Elder North Fife

Red Elder in Pitmedden forest North Fife dotted about in clear felled ground, it's not native to the UK coming from Canada and the Americas. The fruits can be used for preserves and drinks but must be heated first to destroy harmful compounds, it is a rich source of vitamins, flavenoids and antioxidants.

A young Red Elder tree.

Red Elderberries in easily picked clusters.

An illustrated handbook describes the most common edible plants, their range, uses as food, and suggested methods of cooking.A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants (Peterson Field Guides)

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