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Its sweetly-scented flat panicles of flowers make excellent wine, tea and cordial and they are also delicious deep fried.Left on the plant, the flowers produce masses of small black fruits in autumn. These are rich in vitamin C. They are a favourite food of birds, including various warblers, but can also be made into jam and wine. Elder is resistant to rabbit-grazing and it provides nesting opportunities for blackbirds, song thrushes, chaffinches and bullfinches.

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  • Posted: Fri. 15th May 2009 07:53