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Video: Balsamic Tansy And Balsamic Pyrethrum - Interesting Spices In Your Garden
Balsamic tansy and balsamic pyrethrum will give you their wonderful aromas
Probably everyone who is at least a little familiar with their native nature has seen common tansy (Thanacetum vulgare), a common plant for Russia - the Cinderella of our fields and meadows.
But the fact that she has a sister of royal blood is not known to everyone. I'm talking about balsamic tansy (Thanacetum balsamita). It is also called balsamic mountain ash, Saracen mint. Originally an aristocrat from Southern Europe, Iran, Asia Minor. In nature, it does not grow in our country, and it can only be found in the gardens of "advanced", as they say now, that is, inveterate gardeners.
At first glance, they are sisters, both belong to the Asteraceae family. Their appearance is almost the same - perennial herbaceous plants from 70 to 130 cm in height with pinnately dissected leaves on straight unbranched rigid stems ending in dense corymbose inflorescences of yellow tongueless flowers, similar to small buttons. A slight difference is in the color and structure of the leaves - in balsamic tansy, they are darker and curlier. But the main difference, by which you cannot confuse them, is in a very special, pleasant "balsamic" smell of cultural tansy. Describing it is not a rewarding occupation. You have to feel it! After all, the word "balsam" is collective. It is applicable to any aromatic resin or liquid, incense, medicine. And it is different for everyone! And that's what is interesting. Balms, unlike any other food,have an effect on the human body mainly not through the stomach. The main thing is that they affect the soul, lead to a good mood by the body's production of estrogen - the hormone of happiness. And is it not amazing that hormones were discovered recently, and our wise ancestors guessed about them for a long time, and when it came to something pleasant, they said "balm for the soul."
The balsamic tansy has a namesake. The same name "stuck" to a completely different plant, not at all like tansy - balsam pyrethrum (Pyretrum balsamita). It is also called kalufer or kanufer, as well as the biblical leaf. Its leaves are gray-green, soft and velvety to the touch due to pubescence, their shape resembles an elongated ellipse, and their edges are solid, and not pinnately dissected, like tansy. By the way, these leaves were used by American colonists as bookmarks in the Bible, due to which the kalufer was called "biblical leaf" in America. Its stem is up to 100 cm high, branched; in the upper part, it ends in inflorescences-baskets with white ligulate flowers in loose shields. The smell of the whole plant is specific, also very pleasant, also "balsamic", but completely different from balsamic tansy. Therefore,when you are told aboutbalsamic tansy, be on the lookout, find out what it is about: actually about tansy or still about feverfew (kalufer).
If you do not have either one or the other plant, then I recommend to have both, since their application is completely different. Balsamic tansy leaves (fresh and dried) are used to flavor tea, sweet drinks, dough in confectionery, cottage cheese; they are infused with vegetable oil, which acquires a pleasant taste and aroma and is called "balsam oil." Kalufer leaves are used for salting vegetables (cucumbers, tomatoes), to add a spicy taste to cheese, beer, vinegar. If you put them in a linen closet, then the linen becomes, as it were, scented. Both plants are used for food in small quantities due to their strong odor. In addition, kalufer leaves, if "overdone" with them, taste bitter. The most delicate leaves and buds are used, both fresh and dried.
Both plants do well in the Russian climate. They are winter-hardy, in Siberia they winter without shelter. For example, a kalufer was sent to me from Veliky Novgorod, a region far from the south. Drought tolerant. They are undemanding to the soil, but, as always, the yield will be higher on fertile soil. The place should be well lit, and most importantly, without stagnant water. They have creeping rhizomes, grow rapidly, multiply well by dividing the bush and can grow for a long time in one place. In kalufer and balsamic tansy, our seeds do not ripen.
Just one or two plants are enough to provide the family with spicy and medicinal raw materials.
To everyone who wants to have these wonderful plants, I will gladly send the roots of balsamic tansy and balsam feverfew (kalufer). They, as well as planting material for more than 200 other rare plants (divine tree, golden currant, sauromatum, Kuril tea, wild garlic, Siberian kandyk, maral root, etc.), can be ordered from the catalog with a detailed description. Include an envelope with your address in the letter - in it you will receive a catalog for free. Write to the address: 634024, Tomsk, st. 5th Army, 29 - 33, mob. Tel. 8913 8518 103 - Gennady Pavlovich Anisimov. The catalog can also be obtained by e-mail. Send a request to E-mail: [email protected] The catalog can be found on the site