Elderberries (Sambucus canadensis) have been used to make a pungent-scented fruit wine for centuries, and they're found throughout the Northern Hemisphere. This common shrub grows in fields and in shade, reaching heights up to 15 feet tall. The compound leaves are opposite branching, with a small number of leaflets being "twice compound". The purple-black colored berries are each about an ⅛ inch in diameter, and they form large umbrella-shaped clusters of fruit. These musky scented berries can be dried or cooked into a wide variety of tasty dishes. One 8 ounce cup of them is just over 100 calories. This same cup also contains high amounts of dietary fiber, vitamin c, vitamin a, vitamin B6, iron, and potassium.