Friday, May 8, 2009
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.