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A colonial liqueur

  • Plant: Roselle, Carcade (Hibiscus Sabdariffa)
  • Plant part: flower
  • Plant feauters: digestive, diuretic, tonic, expectorant, antiseptic, febrifugal, refreshing, thirst-quenching, hemostatic, antiscorbutic, emollient

  • Description:
    The drink called karkadé was all the rage, especially in Italy, between the 30ies and the 40ies, when it was regarded as a digestive, thirst-quenching and lepid tonic water. It was then and still today obtained by means of maceration of dried petals of the Roselle, a very common plant in the equatorial and tropical zones.
    In the 1930s, these species of plants were particularly successful in Italy, as they were in search for tea substitutes of national or colonial origin. Even today, the Karkadeh remains a respectable beverage, consumed as a thirst-quenching digestive tonic water, due to its content of sucrose, malic acid and natural dyes.
    Due to its organoleptic properties and its color, the plant is used for the production of alcoholic beverages.  
Roselle, Carcade (Hibiscus Sabdariffa)
  • Ingredients:
    - 2 handful of petals
    - 1 liter of Grappa
  • Preparation:
    Two handful already dried petals are soaked for two weeks in one liter of Grappa in a dark place, resulting in an intense red color and in a taste, typical of Karkadeh.
    It is a liqueur that can be drunk in the summer as a thirst-quencher by adding the same amount of water, a few ice cubes and an orange slice.

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  • Brown alga (Alaria Esculenta)
  • Pero corvino (Amelanchier Ovalis)
  • Angelica Sylvestries (Angelica Sylvestris)
  • Strawberry tree (Arbutus Unedo)
  • Absinthe (Artemisia Absinthium)
  • Genepì male or black (Artemisia Genipi)
  • Wild Asparagus (Asparagus Acutifolius)
  • Woodruff or fragrant Bedstraw (Asperula Odorata)
  • Barberry (Berberis Vulgaris)
  • Birch (Betula Alba)
  • Pepper e chilli pepper (Capsicum Frutescens)
  • Field Cumin (Carum Carvi)
  • Common Chicory (Cichorium Intybus)
  • Cinchona (Cinchona Succirubra)
  • Ceylon Cinnamon Tree (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum)
  • Seville Orange, Bitter Orange (Citrus Aurantium)
  • Kola Nut (Cola Acuminata)
  • Cornelian cherry, European cornel (Cornus Mas)
  • Azarole, Mediterranean medlar (Crataegus Azarolus)
  • Common Hawthorn, Midland Hawthorn (Crataegus Oxycantha)
  • Globe Artichoke (Cynara Scolymus)
  • Dictamnus (Dictamnus Albus)
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  • Russian Olive (Elaegnus Angustifolia)
  • Green or True Cardamom) (Elettaria Cardamomun)
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  • Tasmanian bluegum, blue gum (Eucalyptus Globulus Labill)
  • Florence fennel or Finocchio (Foeniculum Vulgare)
  • Agarikon, Quinine Conk (Fomes Officinalis)
  • Wild Strawberry (Fragraria Vesca)
  • Manna Ash (Fraxinus Ornus)
  • Great Yellow Gentian (Gentiana Lutea)
  • Wood Avens, Colewort (Geum Urbanum)
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