Burnet, a little-known plant with unsuspected benefits

By Hervé , on July 27, 2021 , updated on April 21, 2023 - 4 minutes to read
Burnet (Sanguisorba minor)

What does the salad burnet taste like?

Burdock is both edible and medicinal. You can eat the cucumber-flavoured leaves or add them to gazpachos with a little ground ivy. The whole plant is used for its medicinal properties, against diarrhea and minor bleeding.

What does a burnet flower look like?

Sanguisorba minor, also known as Poterium sanguisorba, is an aromatic perennial that goes by the charming name of "little burnet", and its small, frothy summer flowers resembling dark purple pompons at the top of the stem back up that lovely name!

When to pick up the burnet?

When and how to harvest burdock? Harvesting can be done all year round, as soon as the plant has been established for a month or two. Harvest the young, tender leaves.

How to use Burnet?

Similarly, to relieve stomach and intestinal ailments such as diarrhea and gastric ulcers, a burdock tea can be prepared. Simply pour a teaspoon of young leaves into a cup of boiling water and let it steep for 5 to 10 minutes.

Is it vervain?

Vervain is a very common plant: it grows in Europe as well as in Africa and Asia. It has been used as a medicinal plant for thousands of years, but the Romans and Celts also attributed magical properties to it for a long time. For this reason, it is known as the "witches' herb"...

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What are the advantages of bourbon?

External use. Applied to the skin, thanks to the fresh leaves, it soothes burns and helps to heal them. It is known to heal all types of wounds, especially those that are difficult to heal. Finally, it soothes hemorrhoids and cures eczema.

Where to plant Pimprenelle?

Planting in the vegetable garden Planted from March to mid-October, the geranium likes dry, deep, if possible calcareous soil. It will acclimatize very well in a rock garden or in the cracks of a stone border.

Burnet is a herbaceous plant that grows in wet meadows and shady areas. It is characterized by its acidic taste reminiscent of cucumbers and its blooming in summer. Harvesting should be done between June and September, when the leaves are still young to preserve all their flavors. The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked, added to salads or soups to give them a fresh and aromatic taste. The burnet also has medicinal properties recognized for its diuretic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. It can be used in infusion to relieve certain digestive or skin disorders. Finally, the cultivation of the burnet is relatively easy because it adapts to different types of soils and exposures, but it is recommended to offer a fresh and well drained soil as well as a half-shaded exposure to promote its growth.

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