American vs European elder

We grow American elder (Sambucus canadensis), sometimes called American black elder, a plant native to eastern North America and Central America.

Other varieties of elder grow in North America, including the blue elder (Sambucus cerulea), Mexican elder (Sambucus mexicana), and red elder (Sambucus racemosa). (1)

European elder (Sambucus nigra) is the most common elder native to Europe and Great Britain. This is the elderberry commonly sold by online stores and local health food markets.

The berries and flower of American elder offer similar flavor and health benefits and can be used in the same ways as European elder.