Monday, 15 August 2011

Honeysuckle salad

"So doth the woodbine the sweet honeysuckle
Gently entwist; the female ivy so
Enrings the barky fingers of the elm.
O, how I love thee! how I dote on thee!"
       Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 4 Scene 1,
 William Shakespeare


"Also known as Woodbine, Beerbind, Bindweed, Evening Pride, Fairy trumpets, Honeybind, Irish vine, Trumpet flowers, Sweet suckle, and woodbind"

"...recieves it's common name from the old habit of sucking the sweet honey-tasting nectar from the flowers."

"Honeysuckle was among the plants that averted the evil powers abroad on May Day and took care of the milk, the butter and the cows in the Scottish Highlands and elsewhere.  Traditionally it was thought that if honeysuckle was brought into the house, a wedding would follow, and that if the flowers were placed in a girl's bedroom, she would have dreams of love."

pp146-147, Jekka's Complete Herb Book

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