Herb - Sage-leaved Germander
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New growth of Wood Sage in the spring.
Teucrium scorodonia
Herb - Sage-leaved Germander

Uses:
Acquired: tbd
How started:
Source: J.L. Hudson

Sage-leaved Germander has been used to help clear beer and add the desired bitter flavor, similar to hops. The leaves are not used directly but are made into a strong tea, called ambroise, that is added to the fermenting wort. Ambroise is the name of Teucrium scorodonia in Jersey. When used in brewing beer, it adds a very dark color. Scorodon is Greek for "garlic", and this is not appropriate since this plant has no garlic component. There is one reference to the dried leaves smelling like leeks.

The essential oil of the flowering aerial parts of Teucrium scorodonia L. ssp. scorodonia growing in Italy on Verrucano, was analyzed by GC and GC–MS. All the identified compounds were sesquiterpene hydrocarbons. The main ones were germacrene B (26.2%) and β-caryophyllene (25.2%). See the links for more information.

A more thorough analysis:
Volatile oil (0.3%): containing among others, alloaromaden-drene, aristolene, beta-caryophyllene, alpha-caryophyllene (humulene), spathulenone, caryophyllene epoxide
Irilloide monoterpenes: including among others, acetyl harpagide, reptosideDiterpenes: the spectrum varies greatly according to strain, including among others teuscorodal, teuscorodin, teuscoro-dol, teuscorodonin, teuflin, teuscorolide, teupolin
Flavonoids: including among others, cirsiliol, cirsimaritin, luteolin


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