Tartness: Elderberries have a noticeable tartness, which I compare to cranberries.
Sweetness: Despite their tartness, elderberries also possess a natural sweetness. I find that when you add a little sugar, it brings out their sweetness.
Richness: Elderberries have a rich and robust flavor that is deep and fruity. I’d describe it as a combination of blackberries, blueberries and cranberries.
Chocolate smell: The first this I noticed when I purchased a bag of dried elderberries was the smell. The dried berries smell like chocolate. I know, crazy. But that’s how I knew I’d also like them.
Floral Undertones: I also taste floral undertones in the taste of elderberries. So needless to say, it is a complex and interesting berry and one you should try.