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Fragrance and taste of violets

  • Plant: Dalmatian Iris or Sweet Iris (Iris Pallida)
  • Plant part: flower
  • Plant feauters: diuretic, expectorant, antiseptic, antiasthmatic, purgative, emetic

  • Description:
    The various species of lris originating from Asia Minor and well acclimatized in Europe in hilly regions, are widely cultivated for both food, ornamental and medicine purposes and are called indiscriminately "irises". The ancient medicine had used the root of iris as a purgative but in more recent times has been extracted from the rhizome a substance called Irone.
    It is an essential oil with a characteristic scent of violets that was used as a corrective in many pharmaceutical preparations, especially toothpastes. In older pharmacies, furthermore, they were also prepared the so-called „peas from Paris" which were the balls of rhizome soaked in vesicant substances that were intended to heal the wounds keeping them open so that they „purify". The essential oil obtained by distillation relaeses also the "butter Ireos", that is strongly in demand in the food industry for the production o flavorings.
    It is also worth mentioning that the iris is extensively used as a corrective of wines and spirits for its characteristic violet scent. In a good Grappa, flavored with iris, we can find the same delicate scent.  
Dalmatian Iris or Sweet Iris (Iris Pallida)
  • Ingredients:
    - 2 pieces of root of the sweet iris without bark
    - 1 liter of Grappa
    - some brown sugar
  • Preparation:
    Two pieces of root without bark, well dried in the sun until they will assume a yellow-ivory color, will have to be placed in a liter of Grappa, in a sunny place, for about three months along with some sugar cane.
    It is filtered and is then left to age for two months.
    The liquor will have assumed a pale yellow color of its root and will have the aroma and flavor of violet.

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  • Dalmatian Iris or Sweet Iris (Iris Pallida)
  • Persian Walnut, Common Walnut (Juglans Regia)
  • Common Juniper (Juniperus Communis)
  • Bay laurel (Laurus Nobilis)
  • Aloysia Citrodora, Lemon verbena (Lippia Citriodora)
  • Chamomile (Matriarcaria Chamomilla)
  • Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis)
  • Horse Mint (Mentha Longifolia)
  • Bogbean, Buckbean (Menyanthes Trifoliata)
  • Honey (Miele)
  • Black Mulberry, Blackberry (Morus Nigra)
  • Alpine Sow-thistle, Alpine Blue-sow-thistle (Mulgedium Alpinum)
  • Nutmeg (Myristica Fragrans)
  • Cicely, Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis Odorata)
  • Common myrtle, Saharan myrtle (Myrtus Communis)
  • Oregano, Wild Marjoram (Origanum Vulgare)
  • Ginseng (Panax Ginseng)
  • Masterwort (Peucedanum Ostruthium)
  • Bladder Cherry, Chinese Lantern (Physalis Alkekengi)
  • Swiss pine, Arolla pine (Pinus Cembra)
  • Creeping Pine, Mugo Pine (Pinus Mugo Turra)
  • Mastic (Pistacia Lentiscus)
  • Common Polypody (Polypodium Vulgare)
  • Primula Odorosa (Primula Veris)
  • Wild Cherry, Sweet Cherry (Prunus Avium)
  • Cherry Laurel (Prunus Lauroceraso)
  • Blackthorn, Sloe (Prunus Spinosa)
  • Pomegranate (Punica Granatum)
  • Whitebeam or Common Whitebeam (Pyrus Aria)
  • Qiunce (Pyrus Cydonia)
  • Chinese Rhubarb, Rhubarb Root (Rheum Palmatum)
  • Blackcurrant (Ribes Nigrum)
  • Dog-Rose (Rosa Canina)
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis)
  • Elmleaf Blackberry or Thornless Blackberry (Rubus Fruticosus)
  • Raspberry (Rubus Idaeus)
  • Butcher's-Broom (Ruscus Aculeatus)
  • Common Rue (Ruta Graveolens)
  • Sage, Garden Sage (Salvia Officinalis)
  • Elder, Elderberry (Sambucus Nigra)