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Elderberries look delicious, and because of the uses made with them: jam and elderberry wine, it would be easy to think that they might be edible. However, be warned; they are unlikely to cause serious harm, but that is just because they induce vomiting before it gets to that stage.
Cooking kills off the poisonous substances that they contain and a number of products have elderberries in them, including the popular Italian liqueur: sambuca.
Elder berry wine is mentioned in children's stories, and though no one has ever drunk it, it is for this that the elder tree is famous.
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