Salad burnet – Sanguisorba minor

Flowers just starting to open on salad burnet (Sanguisorba minor)
Flowers just starting to open on salad burnet (Sanguisorba minor)
This one is growing on a light, sandy soil, hence the leaves are quite scant.
This one is growing on a light, sandy soil, hence the leaves are quite scant.

Salad burnet (Sanguisorba minor) is a native plant that is quite often grown as a culinary herb. It is perennial and robust.

The leaves taste a little bit of cucumber. To get nice juicy leaves, the plant needs quite a moist, rich soil otherwise they have a tendency to be bitter and dry. The plant is rich in tannins and generally astringent: the Sanguisorba part of the Latin name means “blood absorbing” and it has been used to staunch wounds, but mainly it is a culinary herb.

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