RASPBERRY VINEGAR CORDIAL
This cordial is made to a traditional
recipe, with just a hint of vinegar added to heighten the
flavour on the palate. The taste is delicate yet full of
the raspberry fruit flavour. Use it as a baste when roasting
poultry. Pour it over ice cream, or mix with whipped, thickened
cream and serve over strawberries. Deemed by many to be
a blood purifier, others insist that it settles the stomach
after a heavy meal. Enjoy in the usual manner with chilled
water, soda water or lemonade, or drink hot as one would
a herbal tea. Raspberry Vinegar can be mixed as a cocktail.
Raspberry Botanical: Rubus Idaeus (LINN.)
Family: N.O. Rosaceae Synonyms: Raspbis. Hindberry. Bramble
of Mount Ida. (Danish) Hindebar. (Dutch) Braamboss. (German)
Hindbur. (Saxon) Hindbeer. Parts Used: Leaves, fruit. Constituents
the Raspberry contains a crystallizable fruit-sugar, a
fragrant volatile oil, pectin, citric and malic acids,
mineral salts, colouring matter and water. The ripe fruit
is fragrant, subacid and cooling: it allays heat and thirst,
and is not liable to acetous fermentation in the stomach.
The Raspberry grows wild as far north
as lat. 70 degrees, and southward it appears to have been
abundant on Mount Ida, in Asia Minor, lat. 39 degrees 40'.
It was known to the Ancients, and Linnaeus retained the
classic name of Ida, with which it was associated by Dioscorides.
It was called in Greek Batos Idaia, and
in Latin Rubus Idaea, the Bramble of Mount Ida. Gerard
calls it Raspis or Hindberry, and Hindberry is a derivation
of the Saxon name Hindbeer. "Twas only to hear the
yorling sing, and pu' the crawflower round the spring,
The scarlet hep and the hindberrie, and the nut that hang
frae the hazel tree".
The well-known Raspberry, grown so largely
for its fruit, grows wild in some parts of Great Britain.
It is a native of many parts of Europe. The stems are erect
and shrubby, biennial, with creeping perennial roots. It
flowers in May and June in Europe. The Wild Raspberry differs
from the cultivated variety mainly in its size.
The plant is generally propagated by suckers, though those
raised from layers should be preferred, because they will
be better rooted and not so liable to send out suckers.
In preparing these plants their fibres should be shortened,
but the buds which are placed at a small distance from
the stem of the plant must not be cut off, as they produce
the new shoots the following summer. Place the plants about
2 feet apart in the rows, allowing 4 or 5 feet between
the rows. If planted too closely, without plenty of air
between the rows, the fruit will not be so fine.
The most suitable soil is a good, strong loam. They do
not thrive so well in a light soil. In Autumn, cut down
all the old wood that has produced fruit in the summer
and shorten the young shoots to about 2 feet in length.
Dig the spaces between the rows well and dress with a little
manure. Beyond weeding during the summer, no further care
is needed. It is wise to form new plantations every three
or four years, as the fruit on old plants is apt to deteriorate.
Medicinal Action and Uses
Astringent and stimulant
Raspberry Vinegar is an acid syrup made
with the fruit-juice, sugar and white-wine vinegar, and
when added to water forms an excellent cooling drink in
summer, suitable also in feverish cases, where the acid
is not an objection. It makes a useful gargle for relaxed,
sore throat. Raspberries are high in fiber and vitamin
C. Raspberry syrup dissolves the tartar of the teeth. A
home-made wine, brewed from the fermented juice of ripe
Raspberries, is anti-scrofulous. (scrofula n. morbid constitutional
condition with glandular swellings and a tendency to consumption)
Raspberry Leaf Tea - made
by the infusion of 1 oz. of the dried leaves in a pint
of boiling water, is employed as a gargle for sore mouths,
canker of the throat, and as a wash for wounds and ulcers.
The leaves, combined with the powdered bark of Slippery
Elm, make a good poultice for cleansing wounds, burns and
scalds, removing proud flesh and promoting healing.
An infusion of Raspberry leaves, taken cold, is a reliable
remedy for extreme laxity of the bowels. The infusion alone,
or as a component part of injections, never fails to give
immediate relief. It is useful in stomach complaints of
Raspberry Leaf Tea is valuable during parturition. (labour
/ childbirth). It should be drunk warm. The fruit is also
utilized for dyeing purposes.