You may be wondering what exactly Black Elderberry is and why you should consider making it part of your daily nutritional routine. We’re here to shed some light on that very subject. A type of flowering shrub, the genus Sambucus includes a variety of species commonly called elderberry or elder. Both the flowers and berries have a long tradition of both culinary and folk medicinal uses going back thousands of years. In fact, Hippocrates (often called the father of medicine) called elderberry a medicine chest because of its seemingly endless health benefits and usability. The stem, bark, leaves, flowers, berries and root extracts of the plant are all used in traditional folk medicine. There are even some elderberry-based recipes dating as far back as Ancient Egypt!