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Bog Myrtle

Myrica gale

PLANT FAMILY

Myricaceae.

AROMA

Strong and pleasant aromatic scent which increases as the leaves are dried.

TASTE

Bitter and astringent.

CHARACTERISTICS

A deciduous shrub to 2m, with grey- green toothed leaves. Flowers are in catkins, and blossom April to May. Also known as ‘sweet gale’.

Bog Myrtle has been known for centuries in Scotland as an insect repellent, and used to be drank as a brew by Vikings before they went into battle to make them fearless. It was also used instead of hops in the beer making process, known as gruit, to add bitterness to ale.

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