Angelica: Strength and Beauty

Angelica is a delicate herb with a poetic name and innate natural beauty. What many may not know, however, is that this tender herb holds a lot of power as a culinary and healing agent. What exactly is Angelica, and how is it used in today’s kitchens and gardens?

What to look for:
Angelica, according to Botanical.Com, boasts lengthy, spindle-shaped roots, stout stems, and bold, beautiful flowers in pleasing shades that range from bright green to reddish purple. The flowers blossom in July and are supplemented by nice-tasting fruits. This herb is also known for its pleasant scent.

How Mother Nature loves it:
Angelica should be cultivated in deep, moist loam in the shade, most successfully near running water. Although a pretty, delicate herb, Angelica is surprisingly sturdy and insect repellent, and can endure severe and inclement weather.

How to use it:
Ranked since ancient times among the top healing herbs, Angelica is particularly known to shield against contagions, purify the blood, and to cure just about every possible malady. Angelica is also known as a remedy for poisonous agues and infectious diseases. In ancient times, Angelica also was known as a surefire deterrent against spells and enchantments. Not bad for such a delicate little herb!
In the kitchen, Angelica is known as a sweet, stimulating ingredient in liquers, hop bitters, and various confectionery goods.

Although a sweet and delicate herb, Angelica truly packs a punch in the kitchen, the garden, the medicine cabinet, and perhaps even against any troublesome evil spirits that come your way! In all seriousness, Angelica serves a multitude of purposes and can be a welcome addition to any home herb supply. Pick up some Angelica today!

Sonya Lee

Since a child, Sonya has been traveling from the corners of Canada to the far east Asia. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, she led a normal family life with her brother, mother and dad. A well received job opportunity in Hong Kong for her father put the compass in action from a young age. Sonya loves good food, and I mean GOOD simple food. She loves an occasional drink, be merry and enjoy the good times. Having recently healed herself from a large ruptured cyst, her favorite foods include fresh carrot juice, grilled vegetables, sauteed portabello mushrooms and truffle french fries. Her philosophy? Healthy food makes a healthy body. Read more on the Editor page. When she's not fretting over WAFT, she runs a small design agency called mowie media and shares the good times with her dog, Monster and 3 cats Sabi, Kaeli & Misty.

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