February 29th, 2004

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Garden burnet really has the most interesting of flower clusters.

The plant has an interesting background, too. It's traditionally used to stanch the flow of blood which it is where it gets it's Latin name 'Sanguisorba minor,' as 'sanguisorba' translates loosely as 'blood absrober.'

In the 16 the century it was used to treat rheumatism and gout, but in the 17th centruy it was recommanded as a protection against the plague and similar infectious diseases.

But, currently for the most part, it's a culinary herb. It's used in salads, vinegars, cheese, and butters. According to my books it has a cucumberlike flavor...

I wish you well.
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