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 North American wild/native elderberries - Sambucus nigra canadensis -  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. 

[Click here to read a journal article comparing European Sambucus nigra and native North American Sambucus nigra canadensis.]

We currently sell bulk frozen, destemmed and sanitized elderberries in 4 gallon/25 lb. food grade pails, dried elderberries and elderflowers by the pound, raw frozen bulk elderberry juice, and are developing an elderberry puree and a concentrated elderflower syrup of about 65 BRIX. 

Bulk Frozen Native Elderberries

Over 40,000 lb. in stock - sustainably grown 
Currently sold out of Certified Organic Elderberries

[To reserve commercial quantities of frozen bulk Certified Organic from the September 2018 harvest, email Chris Patton, Prices begin at $4.50/lb. plus freight for smaller quantities, and a non-refundable fifty cents/lb. deposit towards the fall purchase & delivery is required for advanced purchase orders. Deposits will be refunded only if Nature or other causes beyond MEC’s control prevent fulfillment of the purchase order.]

For orders up to 200 lb. of bulk frozen berries, the price is $4/lb. or $100/pail plus shipping. Please contact Verlyn Sneller directly  by email:

For orders over 200 lb. of bulk frozen berries, please contact Chris Patton directly, first by email then by phone: or 612-418-4624

MEC has tons of sustainably grown bulk frozen berries to sell.

[Click here to read a journal article comparing European Sambucus nigra and native North American Sambucus nigra canadensis.]

Our various elderberry cultivars are all natural selections from the wild and usually planted in fields or along agroforestry/permaculture land management principles. They are picked, destemmed, sanitized and frozen fresh the same day in 25 lb. four gallon food grade pails (rated 28 lb.). We have tens of thousands of pounds available and able to secure a couple hundred thousand pounds with proper planning. 

Fresh and raw frozen berries may need to be fermented or heated so that the entire volume reaches 180 degrees F, or more.  While the latest research at the university of Missouri (soon to be published) indicates that fresh/frozen, ripe elderberries do not have significant levels of glycosides, some few people seem to be strongly affected by consuming raw elderberries or elderberry juice, where it upsets their digestive system. Why they have a lower tolerance for elderberry is not clearly understood. 

Sample of MEC’s Dried Native Elderberries - 12% moisture.

MEC does not have any dried certified organic elderberries or elderflowers left to sell. We are currently processing sustainably grown, native frozen berries into dried ones, and orders will be filled first come first served basis. There is a wait list to delivery. As of 1/29, the estimated gap from order to shipping is at least 2 weeks now due to a lost dehydrator.

Place elderberry orders for under 100 lb. and dried elderflower orders under 10 lb. directly with MEC partner Sacred Blossom Farm. 

Frozen Bulk Raw Elderberry Juice - $45/gal.

If you cannot wait for dried elderberries, then you can use our sustainably grown bulk, strained raw elderberry juice that separates from thawing elderberries before drying them. pH 4.3 BRIX 11

5 lb. dried elderberries (5 x $18>$90 = 2 gal. of raw juice (2x$45>$90)

Sacred Blossom Elderberry Syrup Recipe:

1 Gallon Raw Elderberry Juice, 4 cups honey, 2 cups extra strong echinacea tea (optional).

Bring 2 1/2 cups of water to boil and add 1 cup of echinacea herbs.  Cover and cook on low for 8 to 24 hours.  Strain. (Optional: Use distilled water.)

Boil honey hard for 2 minutes, then add raw elderberry juice and bring it to 180°F.  Remove from heat. Add echinacea tea and honey.  Stir well. 

To preserve reheat to nearly a boil (165-175°F), then seal in jars. Set in a cold area if possible.

Dried Native Elderberries

Currently sold out of Certified Organic Elderberries / Elderflowers.

Flat Rate Dried Berries + USPS Priority Mail to USA included:
5 lb. for $100 and 10 lb. for $200

 [Delivery/shipping charges are not included in the prices below.]

MEC Consumer Buyer Direct Prices / Online

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

MEC Wholesale Direct Prices 
(Retail store or orders of 20 lb. or more) 

  • $18.50/lb. certified organic
  • $16/lb. sustainably grown

MEC Bulk (300+ lb.) Direct Prices to Distributors/Processors

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

Dried Elderflowers 5-2016

Sample of MEC’s Dried Native Elderflowers

Dried Native Elderflower & Elderflower Ingredients

Dried native elderflower is available while supplies last.

Fresh or frozen native elderflowers must be ordered in advance of July. Fresh flowers are usually priced at $15-20/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.

MEC Bulk (5+ lb.) Direct Prices to Manufacturers / Retailers

  • $28/lb. certified organic  (est. retail to consumer of $12.50/ 4 oz.)
  • $26/lb. sustainably grown

MEC Buyer Direct Prices / Online

  • $32/lb. org. / $29/lb. sustainably grown: 1-5 pounds
  • $10.00 for 4 oz. org. /  $9.00 for 4 oz. sustainably grown

[To place an order, please see top of the right column on this page.]

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