Destemming North American Elderberries from their cymes

Buying Wholesale Elder Berry / Flower Ingredient Products

Midwest Elderberry Cooperative packs its inventory of frozen, destemmed and sanitized elderberries in 4 gallon food grade plastic pails holding 25 lb. We also seek out professional food and beverage processors/manufacturers to partner of specific elderberry and elderflower ingredient specification development. We currently have projects going for dried elderberries and elderflowers, elderberry puree, bulk elderberry juice, and dried elderberry powder. We would like to make an elderflower syrup, too. 

Fresh and raw frozen berries need to be fermented or heated so that the entire volume reaches 180 degrees F, or more, to neutralize the glycosides (proto-cyanides) that can cause pain or sickness in the digestive system. Different folks have different tolerances, but all are affected. 

Picrate Paper Reaction - like a pH test strip - is red-brown, but not extremely sensitive, but quick and easy to determine if any glycoside/proto-cyanide is present. The U of MO is testing each of the parts for cyanide using a more accurate and sensitive testing method vs. Picrate paper.

Classic Provisions currently distributes/sells MEC’s wholesale  ingredients and retail products, including our 25 lb. four gallon food grade bucket of destemmed, sanitized and frozen raw elderberries. For annual orders of 1000 lb. or less, please contact Classic Provisions. Prices begin at $136.00/25 lb. for a single bucket with negotiated discounts according to volume. They are open from Monday to Friday 8 am to 4 pm. Mostly they sell wholesale to stores and food/beverage processors, but consumers can pick up small orders at their warehouse directly by consumers wishing to buy at least one full bucket of frozen berries. 

By fall of 2017 MEC will be producing dried elderberries in quantity
Phone: 763-544-2025.
Address: 171 Cheshire Lane North, Suite 600, Minneapolis, MN 55441-5439


Destemmed elderberries

Dried Elderberries

Wholesale to Retailers from distributor 

  • $16-18/lb. certified organic
  • $14-16/lb. sustainably grown

Bulk (300+ lb.) MEC Direct Prices to Manufacturers

  • $15-17/lb. certified organic
  • $13-15/lb. sustainably grown

MEC Prices - Buyer Direct / Online

  • $21/lb. certified organic, $8/4 oz.
  • $18/lb. sustainably grown, $7/4 oz.

Dried Elderflowers 5-2016

Sample of MEC’s Dried Elderflowers

Elderflowers & Elderflower Ingredients

Fresh or frozen and dried  elderflowers must be ordered in advance of July. Fresh flowers are usually priced at $20/lb. If you want to help with the harvest and transport, the price is discounted accordingly. The logistics are challenging, and the window of opportunity is limited. See comments below the dried elderflower picture above.

Dried Elderflowers Wholesale to Retailers from distributor 

  • $35/lb. certified organic
  • $31/lb. sustainably grown

Bulk (300+ lb.) MEC Direct Prices to Manufacturers / Retailers

  • $40/lb. certified organic  (est. retail to consumer of $12.50/ 4 oz.)
  • $35/lb. sustainably grown

MEC Prices - Buyer Direct / Online

  • $50/lb. org. / $42/lb. sustainably grown – under 2 lb.
  • $45/lb. org. / $40 lb. sustainably grown for 2-3 lb.
  • $40/lb. org. / $35 lb. sustainably grown for over 3 lb.
  • $12.50 for 4 oz. org. /  $10.50 for 4 oz. sustainably grown

© Midwest Elderberry Cooperative 2016