hist-brewing: Gruit ingredients

Richard Richard at WowMe.com
Wed Oct 20 16:06:18 PDT 1999


Thanks for this information!  I have always wondered about this!
OK, next question:
I assume that Anise is what is in Anisette, but which ones are used in
Sambucca and which ones are used in Ouzo?

Richard

----- Original Message -----
From: Cindy Renfrow <renfrow at skylands.net>
To: <hist-brewing at pbm.com>
Sent: Wednesday, October 20, 1999 10:45 AM
Subject: Re: hist-brewing: Gruit ingredients


> <snip>  I know that anise and licorice are either
> >related or the same plant by different names, so I have stopped drinking
> >Anisette, Sambuca and Ouzo for this reason.
> <snip>
>
> Hello.  No, they're not the same plant, although they do share the same
> flavoring compound:
>
> Anise - Pimpinella anisum, Umbelliferae (Carrot Family)
> Licorice - Glycyrrhiza glabra, Leguminosae (Bean Family)
>
> "...[licorice extract] has two important components: the essential oil
> anethole, which licorice shares with anise and fennel and which
contributes
> the flavor characteristic of these three spices, and glycerrhetic acid,
> which is sweet." (McGee, On Food and Cooking, p. 210.)
>
> HTH,
>
>
> Cindy Renfrow
> cindy at thousandeggs.com
> Author & Publisher of "Take a Thousand Eggs or More, A Collection of 15th
> Century Recipes" and "A Sip Through Time, A Collection of Old Brewing
> Recipes"
> http://www.thousandeggs.com -- please come visit my new web site!
>
>
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