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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Biblical Plant: Hyssop

Here is a picture of a hyssop plant. It comes from this website.

The Bible writes that the Jews were to mark their doorposts using hyssop on the night of Passover. Its medical properties are also mentioned in the Book of Psalms. In the New Testament, a branch of hyssop was used to hold up a sponge soaked in vinegar and offered to Jesus of Nazareth on the cross, just before he died.

Here are my hyssop seedlings. They're still small, but I do hope that they'll grow and flower. I am very excited at this new addition to my Mediterranean plant collection which comprises rosemary, thyme and sage.

In the kitchen, hyssop may be used to dress up steamed vegetables (carrots, potatoes and cauliflower). It may be blended with olive oil and frozen, and then the frozen chunks may be inserted under the chicken's skin prior to roasting. It can be chopped into minced pork and used as a wanton filling.

Hyssop tea is known to clear phlegm and relieve the pain of rheumatism. Since I am susceptible to both conditions, hyssop will be a useful herb in my garden.

1 comment:

Open Kitchen Concept said...

OHHHHHHH.... crave crave crave crave crave.. hehe.. they look BEAUTIFUL!