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mxreb0
post Sep 3 2006, 05:04 AM
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Here's some pictures of my little absinthe herb garden including Artemisia absinthium (wormwood), bronze fennel, lemon balm (melissa), and rosemary and spearmint (the last two not in absinthe, but still good).

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and a closeup
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Yes, the wormwood makes a nice garnish in a glass of absinthe.
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post Sep 3 2006, 05:36 AM
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Bronze fennel?


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post Sep 3 2006, 05:59 PM
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Just another breed of fennel.gif
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post Sep 3 2006, 07:10 PM
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I believe G&C was trying to point out that it's the wrong variety for an absinthe garden.


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post Sep 4 2006, 05:16 PM
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It tastes the same and has the same oils as green anise, and is even the same species (it is a different sub-species or "breed"), the tips just can turn a bronze color in the sun. It can take more sun.
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post Sep 4 2006, 05:52 PM
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No, it does not taste the same. Bronze fennel seed (what can be collected from a wild plant anyway) looks and tastes similar, but is much higher in fenchone content. That particular chemical has a nasty camphor-like tastes that you don't want in your absinthe.


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post Sep 4 2006, 06:09 PM
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If you tasted it side by side with the proper fennel for absinthe (Florence fennel), you would change your mind about it tasting the same.

The content of the various oils in fennel can vary greatly from one cultivar to the next, even from one Florence fennel to the next. They may be the same oils overall, but the ratio of those oils varies from one plant to the next.

In any case, the way it tastes after distillation is what tells the story. Absinthe made from that bronze fennel will likely taste funky.


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post Sep 4 2006, 10:35 PM
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QUOTE(mxreb0 @ Sep 4 2006, 07:16 PM) *

It tastes the same

No. It tastes the same as the "selvatica" wild Foeniculum vulgare you can find by roadsides in most of the Mediterranean. You won't find anyone in Tuscany prepared to use it in the kitchen, even though it's just palatable for chewing when you have nothing else to chew on.

Hints: "var. dulce" means the other one isn't as sweet. Florence started cultivating "var. azoricum" ("from the Azores") because it was better than the stuff that had been growing for ages on their patch.


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post Sep 5 2006, 12:16 AM
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QUOTE(Zman @ Sep 4 2006, 10:52 AM) *

No, it does not taste the same.



QUOTE(Artemis @ Sep 4 2006, 11:09 AM) *

If you tasted it side by side with the proper fennel for absinthe (Florence fennel), you would change your mind about it tasting the same.



QUOTE(sixela @ Sep 4 2006, 03:35 PM) *

No. It tastes the same as the "selvatica" wild Phoeniculum you can find by roadsides in most of the Mediterranean.


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post Sep 5 2006, 12:30 AM
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Funny, that. I was just playing Warcraft¹ a few hours ago.

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post Sep 5 2006, 03:17 AM
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Anyone want to complain about my wormwood next?
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post Sep 5 2006, 06:33 AM
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Since you insist.

Only the part where you put it in your glass.


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post Sep 5 2006, 12:34 PM
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We're just trying to help.


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post Sep 5 2006, 08:32 PM
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Anyone want to complain about my wormwood next?


They probably weren't trying to be snotty, just trying to save you some wasted time, in case you were going to try and make any sort of beverage with your plants. The plants are nice enough, as was the picture, to illustrate what absinthe plants LOOK like.


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post Sep 6 2006, 08:34 AM
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Ah. And some of us just like to criticise. harhar.gif

Your melissa is pathetic and weedy.

Still, no problem. Turn your back, count to ten, turn round, and it will have taken over the pot.

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