Okay, these shrubs are huge. When I think shrub, I imagine bushy, low to the ground, reachable… manageable even. In contrast, the reality of my elderberry bushes are heading-to-the-sky enormous and this is only year three. On the other hand, I have a huge amount of juicy, aubergine berries to go with my out-of-control shrubs.
With those berries, what will I make? A perfectly balanced sweet and tart pie with a flaky, buttery crust? Elderberry syrup for both our mile-high pancake stacks or our viral ailments during the winter months? Gem-like elderberry jam or jelly for shockingly purple smoothies or homemade bread and butter? Maybe all three given the amount of berries we have.