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We farm native elderberries and only sell what we and our network of American farmers grow!

Now selling bulk frozen 2019 harvest native berries, thermally dried and freeze dried native elderberries in limited quantities as well as bulk frozen raw juice - all from sustainably grown berries. Most recipes for elderberry syrup use thermally dried berries. 

We are sold out of dried elder flowers. We have stopped taking orders for bulk frozen certified organic berries

Naturally more reddish, North American black elderberries taste and smell better than the imports. Most (thermally) dried elderberries imported from Europe are wild collected. European research found that “...wild elderberry have the lowest quantities of these bioactive compounds…” [Point #14, Functional Ingredient page]

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

Please read the relevant page before emailing or calling us!
Info about all bulk frozen destemmed & cleaned berry orders are found on that page, for example. [Click on the Buying tab for the drop down menu - Each Ingredient product has its own web page.]

Are you a natural foods store, health practitioner or make elderberry products for sale?
You can add native elderberry retail products to your sales portfolio. River Hills Harvest Marketers, LLC has a retail products Direct Ship program by the 12 unit case. For more information see the Retail - River Hills Harvest page. 
Email if interested. 

Small Order Online Direct page 
for those seeking modest quantities of the following sustainably grown in the Midwest native elderberry (Sambucus nigra canadensis) ingredients: both freeze dried and thermally dried elderberries, dried elderflowers and bulk raw frozen elderberry juice.

Making elderberry syrup or gummies? 
While most recipes use thermally dried berries, you can also use our bulk frozen shoe  destemmed and sanitized berries (minimum order 25 lb.) or bulk frozen raw juice (minimum order is 2 gal). 

Try our Bulk Frozen Raw Juice!  See recipe on this page.

MEC supplies ingredients to the River Hills Harvest brand of elderberry products sold in a grow number of retail locations. Click here for more information.  Minimally processed River Hills Harvest brand sustainable elderberry foods & beverages are always made from native elderberry, Sambucus nigra canadensis, grown in the USA by American farmers and owned by American farmers. Not from concentrate, extracts, powders or imported elderberries in any form. We especially recommend their pure ElderBerry Juice as a good, nutrient dense alternative.

If your local natural foods store does not stock these products, have them contact me about our Direct Ship program that we use to reach out across the country where our regional distributors don’t supply. Chris Patton,

Are Raw Native Elderberries Safe? 
I cannot find any academic research with the appropriate laboratory research results to support the claim that native North American elderberry contains harmful levels of glycosides (pre-cyanides). I can find hearsay and popular belief for that idea but no scientific proof.

On the other hand, a multi-year project ending in 2018 by University of Missouri researchers discovered that ripe native (Sambucus canadensis) black elderberries and their seeds do not have any meaningful level of glycosides (pre-cyanides) that can make one sick. [Note: Ripe native (S. canadensis) berries often appear more reddish in color than the European (nigra) berries, which is probably due to the additional anthocyanins found in the North American condenses cultivars. Native berries are also quite a bit smaller.]

This does not seem to be true for European Sambucus nigra elderberries, which have a history of production processes to neutralize th e potential issues related to glycosides. That is why those imported ingredients are more processed and may also be part of the reason why native elderberries taste better than the European ones.

While recent research at the university of Missouri (looking 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. Fresh and raw frozen berries that are fermented or heated so that the entire volume reaches 180° F, or more have not been associated with any health related incidents to our knowledge

Technical Note: Cultivar “Marge” was not a part of the above study and is likely to have more glycosides present since it is classified as an American adapted European Sambucus nigra. (4/9/2019 email from Andrew Thomas lead researcher UMO).

Buying Wholesale Elder Berry / Flower Ingredient Products
We welcome professional food and beverage processors/manufacturers to partner of specific elderberry and elderflower ingredient specification development. If interested, please contact Chris Patton directly.

Be sure to check out our page covering recent research on elder berries and flowers as nutritionally dense ingredients in foods and beverages with demonstrated antiviral, antibacterial and many other health benefits.

Midwest Elderberry Cooperative currently packs and sells 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 by the two-gallon jug, and are developing an elderberry puree and bulk freeze-dried native elderberries. 

Black Currants

Through a member in western WI, we have access to over 10,000 lb. of frozen cleaned black currants and 25,000 lb. of frozen black currants on the stem - mostly in 40 lb. boxes. 

Price for quantities under 1,000 lb. is $3.00/lb. plus shipping for any black currant order. For orders of 1,000 lb. or more, is $2.50/lb. cleaned and $2.20/lb. on the stem plus shippingTo order, email Chris Patton, 

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