Meadowsweet

At the moment meadowsweet is flowering in all the damp, wet pastures and along the damper hedgerows. As it’s name suggests it has an amazing sweet aroma – which unfortunately I can’t share with you.

Meadowsweet, Filipendula ulmaria

Meadowsweet, Filipendula ulmaria

It was once used by monks to sweeten mead, hence the name meadowsweet. Though it also has may traditional medicine uses. It’s a naturally anti-inflammatory and contains salicylic acid (main constituent of aspirin). A few years ago we dried some of the flowers and made a tea, which has a very pleasant taste.  I have recently come across a recipe for a cordial (http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/outdoors/gardening/meadowsweet-ripe-for-picking-and-brewing-239939.html) and read that it was used to flavour vinegars,  jams and stewed fruits.

 

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