Herbs Infused in Wölffer Botanical Cider
Parts Used: Root
Dandelion speckles pastures and meadows across the Northern Hemisphere. While many people think it to be a pesky weed, dandelion is beloved by herbalists as a daily tonic. The first known written record of dandelions being used in herbalism dates back to the 10th and 11th Centuries. However, its recorded use is believed to date back to Ancient Rome and the Anglo Saxons. Dandelion’s name is presumed to derive from its shiny jagged leaves that resemble canine teeth.
Parts Used: Berries
Research Elderberry and you’ll find it’s one of the most widely studied and praised herbs in the world, with a history of observed use stretching back to 400BC. The word Elder is derived from ellar or kindler, when the tubes formed from the branches were once upon a time used as pipes for kindling fires and to create wind instruments. Mab & Stoke’s elderberries are grown and harvested by a co-op of 450 family farmers in the magnesium rich soil of Austria’s Styrian region.
Parts Used: Rhizome
The knotty, irregular shaped root counts turmeric and cardamom as cousins, part of a family of flowering plants called Zingiberaceae. Ginger is thought to have originated in Asia and was one of the first spices to hit the Silk Road, traded from India to ancient Rome. While a common pantry staple, ginger is anything but simple; it has 732 chemical compounds and is one of the most chemically complex and researched plants in the world.
Parts Used: Leaves
Lemon Balm is a soothing plant from the mint family. It’s an uplifting aromatic with a lemony scent and a long history of use as a daily tonic. Originating in the Middle East and North Africa, lemon balm moved very early northwest to Southern Europe by the 1500's and then to America by 1700. This herb gets its name from the Greek word for “honey bee;” lemon balm attracts bees.
Parts Used: Whole Fruit
The pomegranate has been used by herbalists dating back to Hippocrates, and is believed to have originated in Persia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and northern India. It then spread throughout the Middle East to Southeastern Europe around the Mediterranean, to China, North Africa, and eventually to warm regions of North America. The name for pomegranate in both Arabic (rumman) and Hebrew (rimmon) means “fruit of paradise,” and it has been a symbol of love since ancient times.
Parts Used: Rhizome
Turmeric is an herbaceous cousin to the ginger family. The bright orange tuberous rhizomes of tumeric have been used as a condiment, a textile dye, for religious ceremonies and by herbalists for thousands of years. Native to southern India and Indonesia, turmeric is widely cultivated on the mainland and in the islands of the Indian Ocean.