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Tansy

Tanacetum vulgare

PLANT FAMILY

Asteraceae.

AROMA

A sharp and woody scent.

TASTE

Strong and bitter.

CHARACTERISTICS

Tall and robust perennial to 1.2m, with large leaves which appear oblong in their outline. Flowers are a dull yellow, 7mm to 12mm across in dense clusters, blossoming July to September.

Tansy cake was traditionally eaten at Easter as a wholesome antidote to all the salt fish eaten at Lent. Also used to be recommended in the 16th century as a powerful relief for gout.

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