Caprifoliaceae Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea (Raf.) R. Bolli

Blue Elderberry

Thompson - Food, Spice

Use documented by:
Turner, Nancy J., Laurence C. Thompson and M. Terry Thompson et al., 1990, Thompson Ethnobotany: Knowledge and Usage of Plants by the Thompson Indians of British Columbia, Victoria. Royal British Columbia Museum, page 199

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Scientific name: Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea (Raf.) R. Bolli
USDA symbol: SANIC5 (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Blue Elderberry
Family: Caprifoliaceae
Family (APG): Caprifoliaceae
Native American Tribe: Thompson
Use category: Food
Use sub-category: Spice
Notes: Berry juice used for marinating fish. The berries were mashed in birch bark baskets, and when the fish had been split open along the backbone in preparation for barbecuing, it was soaked for a while in elderberry juice to flavor it. Then, the fish was taken out, the berry seeds scraped off and the fish barbecued and eaten.

RECRD: 32655 id: 36604