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Monday 24 August 2020


This morning Mary and Penny walked down to our elderberry patch. Elderberries are packed with vitamins and antioxidants which help support your immune system. They need to be cooked and never eaten raw.

Picking elderberries is easy as you take the whole bundle of berries once they are purple in colour and drooping down under the weight of their ripeness. 

Presently we only have four bushes producing fruit but each year they send out runners and our small patch continues to grow. This entire area we call the "pond garden" will eventually be one huge elderberry patch.

Can you see Penny? She thinks she is helping by staying close; in reality she makes manuvering around the bushes just a little more challenging.

Picking is the easy part. Once home we use a fork or our fingers to pull each tiny berry from its stem.

Mary picked 3.5 pounds or 1.58 kg. of berries in about ten minutes. We expect to harvest 12 pounds or 5.44 kg in the next week or two.

Thanks for stopping by and stay safe everyone.


  1. WOW, Thats a lot! Enjoy them the whole winter!

  2. Hi Ad and Gertie; Mary uses the elderberries to make a gummy treat for the grandkids that is high in vatamin C and good to help get over colds. They really enjoy taking them. She also going to try and make elderberry wine this fall. Stay safe and healthy.