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# Posted: 18 Oct 2019 19:30 - Edited by: rockies

As summer has come to an end many people are preserving their garden harvest. I was surprised to read that elderberries can be poisonous (the seeds have chemicals that can convert into cyanide in the body) so they should be boiled before consuming. ous

Other foods that shouldn't be eaten raw (because of toxins) are castor beans, kidney beans, lima beans, rhubarb leaves, bitter almonds, eggplant, sprouts, apple seeds and potatoes.

# Posted: 20 Oct 2019 20:01

Speaking of elderberries, as anybody attempted to make elderberry liquor? I tried and it turned out totally gross. Every recipe I read said it was foolproof.. guess not in my case.

# Posted: 21 Jan 2020 17:02

Elderberry wine is awsome.Made with shampain yeast.
The realy realy gross and wierd green slime goo that forms
on the side of the primary fermenter is "normal",shudder and procede.Has to age in the bottle for a year.
If you mess up and forget it in the primary,voila,elderberry
Getting four big plastic 5 gallon buckets for a batch is a race
against the birds.
Berrys themselves are not much,lotsa better berryies.

# Posted: 21 Jan 2020 19:27

My elderberries unfortunately bite the dust (planted at home and not at the cabin.) I plan to try again, but I need to find out what blight or fungus is affecting one side of my yard, as it's killing all the plants there.

There are plenty fruits that portions eaten raw are bad for you, stone fruits in particular "The seeds (also known as stones, pits, or kernels) of stone fruits like apricots, cherries, plums, and peaches do contain a compound called amygdalin, which breaks down into hydrogen cyanide when ingested. And, yes, hydrogen cyanide is definitely a poison." the article quoted goes on to say that cooking does make the chemical safe, but even small ingestion of raw isn't too much of an issue. [ ds-poisonous/]

Thanks for the good info, many might not have known elderberries are in the "cook first eat later" camp!

# Posted: 22 Jan 2020 00:19

We cut down our cherry tree when my daughter got two dogs.
We were just leaving them for the birds before the grand dogs came along.
I was afraid the dogs would eat the cherries pit and all.

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