For the past many years I have had an interest...no, make that a fascination with herbs, spices and seasonings. - About how they were used by our ancestors centuries ago for a variety of ailments, and how they are used today to enhance your favorite recipe.
With this in mind I am attempting to present a different herb, spice or seasoning for each day of the A-Z Challenge. Please drop by often and perhaps we both will learn something new.
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"Y" is for Yarrow
Well, here we are with the finish line in clear site. There are a couple of other "Y" contenders, Yerba Mate, and Yucca, but decided to go with.....
Yarrow grows everywhere, in the grass, in meadows, pastures, and by the roadside. As it creeps greatly by its roots and multiplies by seeds it becomes a troublesome weed in gardens, into which it is seldom admitted in this country, though it is cultivated in the gardens of Madeira.
Achillea millefolium is cultivated as an ornamental by many plant nurseries. It is planted in gardens and natural landscaping settings of diverse climates and styles. They include native plant and drought-tolerant, and wildlife gardens.. The plant is a frequent component o fbutterfly gardens. The plant prefers well-drained soil in full sun, but can be grown in less ideal conditions.
Note: I have been unable to find any culinary uses of this herb, but some of the medicinal uses are:
The herb is purported to be a diaphoretic, astringent tonic, stimulant and mild aromatic. The plant also has a long history as a powerful 'healing herb' used topically for wounds, cuts and abrasions. The genus name Achillea is derived from mythical Greek character, Achilles, who reportedly carried it with his army to treat battle wounds. This medicinal action is also reflected in some of the common names mentioned below, such as staunch weed and soldier's wound wort.
In the Middle Ages, yarrow was part of a herbal mixture known as gruit used in the flavouring of beer prior to the use of hops.The flowers and leaves are used in making some liquors and bitters.
( maybe this could be considered "culinary"??!!)
Sources: Wikipedia and Wikipedia images