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The manna... gift of the stars

  • Plant: Manna Ash (Fraxinus Ornus)
  • Plant part: sap
  • Plant feauters: laxative, anti-catarrh, cough-releasing, purgative

  • Description:
    The manna has become very much a talking point over the centuries, causing considerable confusion and giving free rein to a variety of interpretations.
    We are talking about manna, those "sugar" that flows from the stem of the manna ash after there were some incisions. Since the Greeks, this "resin" has been regarded as a kind of natural honey, deposited on the trees, or as Plinius described it, an azure blue dew, falling on the star tops of the trees and therefore called "sweat of heaven", "airy honey" or "saliva of the stars".
    All interpretations evidently very "biblical" that were in some way exploded by the Arabs who discovered in Sicily the practice of extraction of manna, which remained for a long time dark and mysterious. In reality, the manna is a sweet and air dried juice, which flows from the manna ash as a result of an insect bite (Cicada Orni); the Sicilians learned from hunger to acquire a more intensive extraction by incisions in the trunk.
    Since the manna is a sugar, it is very suitable for flavoring a Grappa.  
Manna Ash (Fraxinus Ornus)
  • Ingredients:
    - 1 liter of Grappa
    - some scrap of manna
  • Preparation:
    Some scraps of manna will be placed in one liter of Grappa in a sunny place until it is all melted, then left to age in the cellar for about a year, that it assumes a yellowish color and a delicate and refreshing taste.

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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)
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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)
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  • Great Yellow Gentian (Gentiana Lutea)
  • Wood Avens, Colewort (Geum Urbanum)
  • Liquorice, Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra)
  • Roselle, Carcade (Hibiscus Sabdariffa)
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