Friday, May 8, 2009

Sundew products

I have been doing a little research on sundews and have found all sorts of crazy things out there. This is a medicine to help with coughs and back in the 17th century they used to make a liqueur too - Rosolio - which apparently had aphrodisiac properties, according to William Salmon of the New London Dispensatory (1696). I wonder if anyone still makes it? I can find Rossoli from Italy but today this is a fruit or herb cordial that is mildly alcoholic. Perhaps the now scarce and listed plants are no longer favored in view of more 'acceptable' flavorings.

Here's the actual entry from 1696 - page 96 if you want to go looking for it!

Ros solis (sundew) causes lust! And a whole load of other more believable things