Native White Elderberry

Sambucus gaudichaudiana

Sambucus gaudichaudiana


Common name

White Elderberry

traditional use

White berries were eaten raw (Flood, 1980:96)

part used

Edible berries can be eaten raw or cooked and are a good source of vitamins A and C.

Edible flowers.


Berries ripen in late summer.

flavour profile

Fruits are 'juicy, a little sour with soft seeds and of pleasant flavour.' (Cribb & Cribb, 1987:56)


Juice from the berries can be cooked down into a sweetened syrup. The syrup may be used in beverages, poured over pancakes, frozen in ice creams or combined with pectin for jelly.