It's once again time to gather Black Elderberries (Sambucus nigra). The large clusters of small purple-black fruit provide a powerful medicine. The juice of the ripe berries can be boiled down into an herbal syrup or dried whole fruit can be tinctured. They contain high levels of antioxidants and have proven effective in supporting the immune system. Some people simply enjoy them as food or drink -- using them to make jam, jellies, pies, and wine.