Anise Hyssop

Anise Hyssop

Supplied by Sinead and Adam at Aweside (agro-ecological) farm

A truly magnificent herb that tastes as wonderful as it smells. Also known as liquorice mint - which does it not justice at all - not quite tasting like either, but with subtle hints of both alongside a soft and lasting sweetness. 

As the name suggests this herb has a sweet aniseed like flavour and scent, the leaves and flowers are all edible and are in the mint family. 

This has been cultivated and consumed for thousands of years by Native Americans. It is well regarded for it's culinary use and medicinal qualities alike and is commonly used to make teas and to flavour food during cooking. It pairs particularly well with poultry and fish as well as with deserts containing chocolate :)

Suggested uses:

Wash well before use

Tea: Add a few leaves to a cup of hot water and leave to steep for 10minutes before drinking. 

In meals: Finely chop a dozen or so leaves and add to meats or vegetables before roasting. 

 

Further info and ideas for other uses:

https://www.crumbsonthetable.co.uk/anise-hyssop-gelato/

https://foragerchef.com/watermelon-salad-with-purslane-and-anise-hyssop/

 

If you love it so much you want to grow your own, get some here:

https://earthsongseeds.co.uk/shop/seeds/licorice-mint/

 

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