What is Ground Ivy?

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FR: Herbe de Saint-Jean, Lierre terrestre

GER: Gundelrebe

IT: Edera terrestre

SP: Hiedra terrestre

BOT: Glechoma hederacea

FAM: Labiateae

ILL: Plate 13, No. 2

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A small creeping plant very common in Britain, growing in hedges and waste land. It has purple-blue flowers and is no relation to ivy. When bruised, it has a crude minty smell. Ground ivy was once used to flavour beer and was one of the ‘Cries of London’ in times past. Being so common and easily recognized, it is suitable for beginners to experiment with.

If the plant is dried in the shade at the time of flowering, the dried blossoms and leaves can be made into a tisane. Infuse 1 teaspoon of dried ground ivy in a cup of boiling water for 20 minutes then sweeten it with honey. This is said to be good treatment for coughs and colds. It was once used in beer, before hops, as a preservative and clarifier. fruit.

Harvey’s Sauce

One of the old English sauces which may be called for in devilled dishes. In 1870, the Courts decided there was no exclusive commercial right to the name ‘Harvey’s Sauce’, as there are recipes for it dating back to at least the seventeenth century.

Though there are many formulae, it is, in general, based on walnut and mushroom ketchup -flavoured with anchovy, garlic, and often soy sauce and vinegar. It has the appearance of Worcestershire sauce, but is not hot although it does contain some chilli.

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