‘Root of the Holy Ghost’
The seeds can be sown directly in the garden or pre-cultivated in pots. The seeds must be prepared in a cold environment to germinate, place in a refrigerator for a few weeks before pre-cultured. The plant likes half shade and thrives in moist soil. It gets up to 2 meters high and needs plenty of space. It is perennial and grows first years of leaves, year two it blooms. This plant normally dies after blooming, but if you remove the flowers before they set seeds, then it will bloom again for another year.
Sowing: In open air between September and April
Pre-cultivation in pots: March – April
Distance: 70 cm
Sowing depth: 1.5 cm
Feel if the seed is loose, where it is fixed to the small stems on the flower. If it does, you can remove the seeds by hand. Alternatively, cut the mature “seed flowers” off the stem and hang them to dry. Then clean the seeds from dry parts of the plant. The seeds are approx. 4 mm long. When cleaned, store them dry and dark.
From seed to table – Angelica on the plate
Historically the Angelica plant has been used as a healing and protective plant. It has many properties and tribes in the northern hemisphere knew that this plant was one of the most important plants for food and as a medicine. The parts of the plant, root, leaves, shoots, stem, and seeds are used differently. The root in the making of gin, the stem as candy and the leaves as tea. This is just a few uses of the plant. Angelica comes in approx. 60 different species. I use the leaves dried in tea and fresh early shoots in salads. Enjoy!