Elderberry (Latin Sambucus nigra; English Elderberry), popular names for Swiss tea, eye of the devil, maiden sambuc, tubular tree, sweet elderberry, tree of fate, elderberry. Natural area - almost all of Europe, Transcaucasia, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, temperate zone in Asia, North Africa, introduced and took root in New Zealand.
Black elderberries are consumed fresh and processed. Fresh berries have an unusual taste. But this taste disappears during processing. In medical practice, black elderberry is most often used in the form of dried flowers and berries. The benefits of black elderberry in diseases of the immune system, bronchial asthma, respiratory infections, chronic bronchitis, dermatoses, hemorrhoids, gastric ulcer, laryngitis and other diseases have been proven. Ripe dried berries contain a large amount of ascorbic acid, glucose, carotene, fructose, dyes and free acids.