A native plant to North America, the elderberry grows in the countryside along rivers, farmsteads and forest edges. It can reduce swelling in mucous membranes and help relieve nasal congestion. Elderberries have anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties and are rich in flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties which help to abate cold and flu symptoms.. A nutritious provider of more Vitamins A & C, Calcium, Iron and fibre than Blueberries. Used in sauces such as Cumberland, Pontac, and spiced elderberry. Works well with gin, vodka and bourbon based cocktails.