The sweetgale, also called bog myrtle, gives off delicious forest aromas that are simply incredible. It is mainly used in cooking to season soups and stews, but is also very good with any type of game meat. Its leaves are used in the production of craft beer and breweries to add a touch of flavour and lather. Obviously, we also make boreal infusions from here!
What Does Sweetgale Taste Like?
It tastes simply amazing. Its flavour oscillates between balsam fir and jasmine. We could describe it as refreshing, hoppy, slightly bitter and peppery, while being resinous. Some also find some resemblance to nutmeg. Anyway, this is really an aroma to discover!
Learn Out More
This plant is astringent, but beware, it is also abortive if taken in the first trimester of pregnancy. It was once used to repel insects in general as well as to make dye. If you happen to go fishing in Quebec, you have certainly come across this shrub. It encircles profusely the edges of lakes, so much that it often blocks access to certain places. If you are like canoeing, you probably saw a lot of it already!
Livre: Leaboeuf, Michel, Arbres et plantes forestières du Québec et des maritimes, Éditions Michel Quintin, 2007, 415p