I bought an herb called Rue.
I mentioned this herb on a blog post the other day and all hell broke loose in the comments. (Not really, but some were fun!)
Here’s a new follower who left a funny comment; click her link to travel to her blog:
Ha. (And, um, no. I do not have worms of any kind, except those who live in my compost bin out back…) 😄
Anyway, the comments propelled me toward writing a thing about this herb called rue. But first, some definitions:
The French word for street is la rue.
Blanche Devereaux, the nymphomaniac Golden Girl, was played by the actor Rue McClanahan. Therefore, Rue is also a name.
Verb: to feel penitence, remorse, or regret for
Example: He must be ruing his decision now.
Noun: regret, sorrow
Example: I rue the day I agreed to this stupid plan.
Plant: Ruta graveolens
It’s the plant we’re interested in, right?
I looked it up to see how to use it in cooking, but it turns out it’s more of an ornamental plant than one to flavour food. It’s described as bitter, and that some individuals may experience gastric discomforts, which is probably why modern cuisine isn’t really reaching for our pretty little rue plant.
But then, my reading adventures had me stumble on this little treasure:
The Tacuinum Sanitatis, a medieval handbook on wellness from Medieval Roman times, lists these properties of rue:
- Nature: Warm and dry in the third degree.
- Optimum: That which is grown near a fig tree.
- Usefulness: It sharpens the eyesight and dissipates flatulence.
- Dangers: It augments the sperm and dampens the desire for coitus.
- Neutralization of the Dangers: With foods that multiply the sperm.
Could someone explain to me what ‘augmenting of sperm’ is, exactly? Also, since I’m asking questions here, how is it that the so-called augmented sperm dampens the desire for coitus? 😳
Perhaps it’s best if we just keep rue away from the men. 😂
I’ll probably plant it in an individual pot, and not in a group setting with the other herbs, just in case my little rue gets a little, um…frisky and causes all kinds of havoc with the scented, floral essence of my culinary herbs. 😉