Views: 983, Replies: 18 » Jump to the end
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member Salvias Herbs Bluebonnets Native Plants and Wildflowers Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Forum moderator Purslane Hummingbirder Cat Lover Butterflies Birds
Image
LindaTX8
Jul 21, 2011 3:31 PM CST
Has anyone actually used Hoja Santa (Root Beer Plant) for or in food?


I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
Dances with Dirt
Native Plants and Wildflowers Critters Allowed Garden Procrastinator Herbs Vegetable Grower Plant Identifier
Organic Gardener Keeps Goats Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Composter Houseplants
Image
gardengus
Jul 22, 2011 8:24 PM CST
Never even heard of it Confused
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member Salvias Herbs Bluebonnets Native Plants and Wildflowers Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Forum moderator Purslane Hummingbirder Cat Lover Butterflies Birds
Image
LindaTX8
Jul 23, 2011 2:20 PM CST
I have the plant, but haven't gotten around to using it for anything culinary yet.
http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/root_beer_plant.htm
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Cherish today
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Birds
Image
SongofJoy
Aug 20, 2011 4:38 AM CST
Anything to report on the use of this, Linda? It's interesting. Can it be used to flavor tea, etc.?
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
Dances with Dirt
Native Plants and Wildflowers Critters Allowed Garden Procrastinator Herbs Vegetable Grower Plant Identifier
Organic Gardener Keeps Goats Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Composter Houseplants
Image
gardengus
Aug 20, 2011 5:34 AM CST
Does it smell like root beer , because it is not used to make root beer.

I was doing some reading on rootbeer and found the number one ingredient to be very surprising Smiling
Not sassafras.?
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member Salvias Herbs Bluebonnets Native Plants and Wildflowers Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Forum moderator Purslane Hummingbirder Cat Lover Butterflies Birds
Image
LindaTX8
Aug 20, 2011 8:40 AM CST
Maybe I should try it with fish? It does smell a bit like Root Beer sometimes.
http://www.oprah.com/food/Halibut-with-New-Potatoes-Artichok...
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
Dances with Dirt
Native Plants and Wildflowers Critters Allowed Garden Procrastinator Herbs Vegetable Grower Plant Identifier
Organic Gardener Keeps Goats Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Composter Houseplants
Image
gardengus
Aug 20, 2011 10:17 AM CST
I read the description it said ''peppery'' leaves sounds interesting.
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Southwest Gardening Keeps Horses Dog Lover Cat Lover Permaculture
Butterflies Birds Cottage Gardener Herbs I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises
Image
sheryl
Aug 27, 2011 6:58 PM CST
Okay, Cinda, I give - what is the main ingredient in Root Beer?

And don't say water! Hilarious!
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
Dances with Dirt
Native Plants and Wildflowers Critters Allowed Garden Procrastinator Herbs Vegetable Grower Plant Identifier
Organic Gardener Keeps Goats Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Composter Houseplants
Image
gardengus
Sep 12, 2011 4:46 PM CST
so sorry I seem to have lost this thread.
Weirdly enough it is wintergreen
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member Salvias Herbs Bluebonnets Native Plants and Wildflowers Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Forum moderator Purslane Hummingbirder Cat Lover Butterflies Birds
Image
LindaTX8
Sep 12, 2011 5:37 PM CST
Root beer content is interesting. It usually includes allspice, birch bark, coriander, juniper, ginger, wintergreen, hops, burdock root, dandelion root, spikenard, pipsissewa, guaiacum chips, sarsaparilla, spicewood, wild cherry bark, yellow dock, prickly ash bark, sassafras root, vanilla beans, hops, dog grass, molasses and licorice. When I was a kid in east Texas we used to look for sassafras plants in the woods...but I doubt we even knew what they looked like!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
[Last edited by LindaTX8 - Sep 12, 2011 4:50 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #148446 (10)
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
Dances with Dirt
Native Plants and Wildflowers Critters Allowed Garden Procrastinator Herbs Vegetable Grower Plant Identifier
Organic Gardener Keeps Goats Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Composter Houseplants
Image
gardengus
Sep 12, 2011 6:28 PM CST
Sassafras is a tree , they grow here like weeds in the woods edge . they are a colony tree where you find one there are usually a whole grove ,like paw paws.
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
Charter ATP Member Birds Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Winter Sowing Herbs
Critters Allowed Dog Lover Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Composter
Image
wildflowers
Sep 13, 2011 8:11 AM CST
Interesting plant! I like growing new herbs.
Linda, do you think you will grow it again, or is it perennial?

I would love to find a whole grove of paw paws or sassafras! Big Grin
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Cherish today
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Birds
Image
SongofJoy
Sep 13, 2011 8:12 AM CST
I have planted two paw paws this year. Can't wait until they get larger. Hurray!
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
[Last edited by SongofJoy - Sep 13, 2011 5:59 AM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #148688 (13)
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
Charter ATP Member Birds Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Winter Sowing Herbs
Critters Allowed Dog Lover Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Composter
Image
wildflowers
Sep 13, 2011 8:14 AM CST
Neat Tee! Did you buy little trees? I've tried (unsuccessfully) to grow the seeds, twice! Not sure if it was me or the seeds!
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member Salvias Herbs Bluebonnets Native Plants and Wildflowers Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Forum moderator Purslane Hummingbirder Cat Lover Butterflies Birds
Image
LindaTX8
Sep 13, 2011 8:42 AM CST
Hoja Santa is perennial...of course, that's assuming you live in a warm enough climate. That info said it survives to15° to 20°, but it got down to at least 17° last winter...maybe lower, can't remember. I was surprised when it finally came back. I have it in an area that stays shady a lot of the time and it wilts quite a bit if not watered fairly often...not xeriscape. It spreads a bit sometimes...I dug one up and gave it away last year.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Cherish today
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Birds
Image
SongofJoy
Sep 13, 2011 11:02 AM CST
wildflowers said:Neat Tee! Did you buy little trees? I've tried (unsuccessfully) to grow the seeds, twice! Not sure if it was me or the seeds!


Yes, I ordered them from a natives and wildflowers nursery here in TN. Two varieties are needed for pollination.

Sorry, a bit OT. Back to the Hoja Santa. I am going to try this herb. I've never grown it.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
Charter ATP Member Birds Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Winter Sowing Herbs
Critters Allowed Dog Lover Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Composter
Image
wildflowers
Sep 13, 2011 2:13 PM CST
I looked it up and looks like it would be interesting to cook with. I think I'll have to find some too. Next year I'm focusing more on herbs for my garden.

Here's a blog spot with recipes that I thought I'd share -- this gal got her plant in Oaxaca, Mexico and carried it all the way home. She said it's worth all the TLC it needs in both winter & summer.
http://flavorsofthesun.blogspot.com/2008/07/hoja-santa-root-...

Tee, thank you... oops my fault for getting OT! *Blush*
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Cherish today
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Birds
Image
SongofJoy
Sep 13, 2011 2:25 PM CST
I share the responsibility for going OT. After all, T(ee) is my middle name. Big Grin Big Grin

Interesting link, Christine. I wonder how well it would grow here?
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
Charter ATP Member Birds Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Winter Sowing Herbs
Critters Allowed Dog Lover Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Composter
Image
wildflowers
Sep 13, 2011 3:06 PM CST
Well, I think it would get too cold here in the winter for the plant, so it would have to be grown in a pot where it could get morning sun in the summer and then brought inside, in a sunny window during the winter?? I'm just guessing but looks like it doesn't like it too hot or too cold LOL!
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Vegetables and Fruit forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by Paul2032 and is called "French Marigold"