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Wintergreen Seeds

Gaultheria procumbens

Part of the James Wong Homegrown Revolution Range.

Scarlet root beer-flavoured berries on creeping evergreen plants. Prized by the Mohawks and Ojiwe tribes for its delicious, effervescent flavour and pain relieving properties, the fragrant leaves and red berries arethe key ingredient in old-fashioned US-style root beer - originally brewed (like Coca Cola) as a medicinal drink.
They spread out to form an evergreen matt of shiny green leaves, white bell-shaped flowers and aromatic scarlet berries. They even have the added benefit of being one of the few fruit crops that positively love growing in shade, livening up dark corners as well as your palate. Sow: March-April. Harvest: September-December.

Please Note: Avoid taking this if you are allergic to aspirin or any similar painkiller.

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Root beer and peppermint flavour

Part of the James Wong Homegrown Revolution Range.

Scarlet root beer-flavoured berries on creeping evergreen plants. Prized by the Mohawks and Ojiwe tribes for its delicious, effervescent flavour and pain relieving properties, the fragrant leaves and red berries arethe key ingredient in old-fashioned US-style root beer - originally brewed (like Coca Cola) as a medicinal drink.
They spread out to form an evergreen matt of shiny green leaves, white bell-shaped flowers and aromatic scarlet berries. They even have the added benefit of being one of the few fruit crops that positively love growing in shade, livening up dark corners as well as your palate. Sow: March-April. Harvest: September-December.

Please Note: Avoid taking this if you are allergic to aspirin or any similar painkiller.

Full growing instructions given on packet.
Sow your seeds in shallow trays of compost in a propagator early spring and leave on a warm windowsill to germinate. Pot them on into small pots when they get to about 5cm (2") high & finally transfer them into their final growing positions outdoors in late May (once any danger of frost has passed). These plants require a consistently damp acid soil in dappled, filtered sunlight. If you have rhododendrons and camellias growing away happily in your soil you won’t have to do anything but dig in a couple of spadefuls of rich organic matter, however if you live in an area where the soil is on the alkaline side this plant is best housed in a trough or raised bed filled with ericaceous (acidic) compost.
Water well right through the summer, preferably using rainwater if you live in a hard water area & spoil them with a liberal scattering of chicken manure each spring to keep them romping away to create a living, root beer-scented carpet.

Hardiness:-15 degrees

Resistance to Disease:False

Seeds:True

Bulbs:False

Shrubs:False

Tree:False

Plants:False

Aftercare - Easy:True

Aftercare - Moderate:False

Aftercare - High:False

Scented:True

Height:11-20cm

Cut Flower:False

Edible Flower:False

Spread:91-100cm

Organic:False

Good For Dried Flowers:False

Drought Resistant:False

RHS Award of Garden Merit:False

Vegetables recommended by the NIAB:False

Award Winners in Fleuroselect Trials:False

Likes Acidic Soil:False

Containers:False

Hanging Baskets:False

Beds & Borders:True

Rockeries:False

Climbers:False

Greenhouse, Glass House or Home:True

Prefers Full Sun:False

Grows in Sun or Partial Shade:False

Grows in Sun or Shade:False

Partial or Full Shade:True

Shade:False

F1 Variety:False

Hardy Annual:False

Half Hardy Annual:False

Greenhouse Annual:False

Hardy Biennial:False

Greenhouse Biennial:False

Hardy Perennial:True

Tender Perennial:False

Half Hardy Perennial:False

Greenhouse Perennial:False

Shrub:False

Butterflies:False

Birds:False

Bees:False

EATING: Wintergreen’s characteristic flavour and medicinal value is provided by the chemical, methyl salicylate, otherwise known as oil of wintergreen, which is antiseptic, pain relieving and when applied topically, stimulates circulation to skin and muscles. These properties have seen it wind up in all sorts of well known household products like toothpastes, mouthwashes, antiseptic creams and warming mentholated muscle rubs, many of which - like Germolene and Deep Heat - smell pretty much identical to how the leaves taste.
Add the mild-flavoured berries to fruit salads and jams, or simply slice them in half, macerate in a little elderflower cordial and sprinkle over greek yoghurt, muesli and summer puddings.

RECIPES:
Wintergreen tea - The leaves are the most valued in cooking. Fresh leaves only have a very subtle flavour, which is greatly intensified by soaking them for a few days in water before use. To do this stuff a glass jar with fresh, washed leaves, packing them them loosely, then fill it up to the brim with boiled water that has first been cooled to room temperature, cover with a loose fitting lid and leave it in a warm place for 3 to 5 days. Here the naturally occurring yeasts that live on the surface of the leaves begin to break them down, sending the content of the aromatic compounds soaring. As soon as you see little bubbles appearing amongst the soaking leaves you are good to go.
This aromatic liquid is then simmered (including leaves) for a few minutes to make a fragrant tea which, once strained, makes the traditional base of most wintergreen recipes, or distilled to create a concentrated essence for flavouring sweets and candies.

ROOT BEER • 1 lemon
• 1 lime
• 1½ tsp of nutmeg
• 2 tbsp of fennel seeds
• 1 cinnamon stick
• 2 cups of sugar
• 2 tbsp of natural vanilla extract
• 1 tablespoon of orange flower water
• 1

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