14
sep
2015

myrrhis

Also known as Myrhh, this is grown in the garden both as an herb and flowering perennial. Foliage is bright green and almost fernlike in appearance, with a strong flavor and smell of sweet licorice. Large umbels of tiny white flowers appear in early summer, followed by shiny black seeds. Prune back hard after flowering to rejuvenate the leaves. Excellent for specimen effect in the June border. Seeds may be used to propagate, but must be sown immediately when fresh, in late summer.

Myrrhis odorata is native to mountains of southern and central Europe, from the Pyrenees to the Caucasus. It has been introduced and naturalized elsewhere in cultivated areas, woodland margins, roadside verges, river banks and grassland.

In fertile soils it grows readily from seed, and may be increased by division in spring or autumn.

Its leaves are sometimes used as a herb, either raw or cooked, with a rather strong taste reminiscent of anise. The roots and seeds also are edible. Additionally, it has a history of use as a medicinal herb.

Like its relatives anise, fennel, and caraway, it can also be used to flavour akvavit. Its essential oils are dominated by anethole.

26
jan
arctium-lappa

Arctium lappa

Arctium lappa, commonly called greater burdock, gobō, edible burdock, lappa, or beggar's buttons, is a Eurasian species of plants in the sunflower family, cultivated in gardens for its root used as a vegetable. It has become an invasive weed of high-nitrogen soils in North America, Australia, and other region

It prefers a fresh, worked soil, rich in humus, and should be positioned in full sunlight. Burdock is very reactive to nitrogen fertilizer. Propagation is achieved through sowing the...

22
oct
la-firenze-de-i-medici
06
dec
amaranth

Amaranth

Amaranthus, collectively known as amaranth, is a cosmopolitan genus of annual or short-lived perennial plants. Some amaranth species are cultivated as leaf vegetables, pseudocereals, and ornamental plants. Most of the species from Amaranthus are summer annual weeds and are commonly referred to as pigweed

Amaranth greens are a common leaf vegetable throughout the tropics and in many warm temperate regions. See Callaloo

Cooked amaranth leaves are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and...

25
jun
raspberry

Raspberry

Very fragile fruit, but yummy!!

Thanks to their vitamin C content, raspberries are known for their anti-inflammatory properties of the respiratory tract; only recently, thanks to recent scientific studies, came to light, especially with regard to the variety of dark raspberries, anticancer properties of this delicious fruit.

Even the leaves of raspberry, as rich in tannins, have healing properties that can bring benefits to our health: an infusion with its leaves is very useful against...

18
jun
herbal-tea-of-absinthe

Herbal tea of Absinthe

Dried and crushed Absinthe, hot water, sugar as taste.

Digestive and bitter herbal tea. Need to know how to measure out the amount infused wisely to avoid a preparation absolutely undrinkable. Use no more than 1/4 of a teaspoon of chopped and dried grass or a green leaf per cup of water. With these proportions bad taste is pleasant and sugar is even more acceptable. A small cup of BREW after meals is great for good digestion.

Wormwood is also used to combat fleas, dog garden scale insects...

01
feb
frittelle

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