Meadowsweet Herb c/s
Botanical Name - Spirea ulmaria
Other Names - Bridewort, Dolloff, Lady of the Meadow, Meadow Queen, Meadow-wort, Meadsweet, Pride of the Meadow, Queen of the Meadow
Origin - Bulgaria
Flavor Profile - Has a neutral, mildly sweet flavor. Pair nicely with mints, chamomile, cornflower, calendula, rose hips and citrus peels in tea blends.
Culinary Usages - Use in tea blends. May also be tinctured or encapsulated.
For centuries, the flowers have been woven into bridal garlands and to flavor vinegars, beer and a honey wine called mead. The flowers and leaves were a popular strewing material cast upon the floor to mask unpleasant odors associated with poor sanitation. Reputedly, Queen Elizabeth fancied meadowsweet to scent her private chambers.
Typical Preparations - In tea infusions, as a capsule or extract and sometimes included in food. The flowers are used as a natural sweetener for teas, foods and other beverages.
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