Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Wild bergamot


Pier One, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot, bee balm - a member of the vast mint family, this one native to North America) with Gehry and the Woolworth Building, on the other side of the East River in that other country called Manhattan.


The leaves are edible raw or cooked but I have not tried them. Yet. Anyone? Or have I? My favourite tea (Ahmad Afternoon Tea!) contains bergamot. Native Americans made tea with the leaves, which contain thymol...I need to visit this plant again, just to sniff it.

(Here's another Brooklyn blogger writing about bergamot)...
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