The Bitter Herbs: Sour different from bitter?

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The Bitter Herbs

By SongofJoy
February 18, 2014

Bitter herbs (also known as bitters) have been used for thousands of years. They are frequently used in cooking, in herbal and alternative medicine, and in the religious ceremonies of numerous cultures around the world. These herbs can be powerful enough to cause physiological reactions within the body. So, what are the bitter herbs?

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Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Feb 17, 2014 7:40 PM CST
Great article SongofJoy!

I think the only one I have eaten from your list is Peppermint. I do have a couple of perennial herbs that may be considered more sour than bitter. Sorrel & Lovage and then there is the extreme hot: horseradish
Name: greene
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greene
Feb 17, 2014 9:16 PM CST
Very timely. I had just started to research bitters. One I was looking at was Ashitaba Angelica keiskei aka 'Tomorrow's Leaf'.
Thank you for the great information.
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Feb 18, 2014 3:43 AM CST
I'm glad you enjoyed the article, JoAnne and Greene. Thanks for reading. Herbs can be used in so many different ways for so many different tastes. One more reason to love them.
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wildflowers
Feb 18, 2014 11:08 AM CST
Wonderful info! Thanks, Tee. Thumbs up
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Feb 18, 2014 11:49 AM CST
I tip my hat to you.
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dirtdorphins
Feb 18, 2014 1:26 PM CST
let's not leave out this one Big Grin

Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Feb 18, 2014 5:15 PM CST
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Toni
Feb 22, 2014 11:08 PM CST
Great article Songofjoy. Wonderful information. I especially benefit from and enjoy the pictures of each herb with description. Also, thank you for the recipe for Chamomile tea I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Feb 23, 2014 4:57 AM CST
You're welcome, Toni. Thank you for reading and for the thoughtful comments.
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