jeudi 30 mars 2017

Cucumber taste

 
salad burnet, Black Mountain South of France


Sanguisorba minor, the salad burnet (or garden burnet, small burnet, burnet), is a perennial herbaceous plant in the family Rosaceae. The form of its leaves makes it easy to help identifying the plant.

It has very peculiar flowers, female ones (with red stigma), males (with yellow anthera) and flowers males and females as well.

salad burnet female flower, Black Mountain South of France


This plant is drought-tolerant, and grows all year around.
It is used as an ingredient in both salads and dressings, having a flavor described as "light cucumber". Typically, the youngest leaves are used, as they tend to become bitter as they age. It has the same medicinal qualities as medicinal burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis). It was used as a tea to relieve diarrhea in the past.
It also has a respectable history, called a favorite herb by Francis Bacon, and was brought to the New World with the first English colonists, even getting special mention by Thomas Jefferson.

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