Angelica is a plant that is closely related to carrots, dill & fennel – and angelica herb is commonly associated with the plant’s roots, which have many uses. Once the plant has reached maturity – in its second year – the root is harvested; the roots may weigh up to 1.3kg and are rich in its signature musk scent. These roots are then dried and used predominantly in gin production, though they also find their way into perfumes and herbal medicines too.
In herbal medicine, it is the roots of the angelica plant which are most commonly used. The angelica herb is believed to have a warming, tonic effect that is said to improve appetite, aid digestion and strengthen the heart. It’s also considered to be rich in antibacterial properties. Angelica root should always be infused in boiling water before it is consumed.
The root of the angelica plant is what is most commonly used in gin manufacturing – though there are a small number of gins which also make use of the flower or the seeds of the plant too. Once angelica has been distilled its flavour has earthy tones, with a slightly bitter, herby taste.
When drunk it is often mistaken for juniper berries, which is no surprise considering that – like juniper berries – angelica root is one of the most common botanicals used in gin. The root’s flavour is usually consigned to a supporting role in the drink; although there are a few gins where its woody character is more discernible.
Apart from the nation’s current favourite tipple, angelica can also be found in absinthe, Chartreuse, bitters and some vermouths.
Angelica root is highly prized in the perfume industry for its intensive aromatic properties. It is also frequently found in incense production and even in potpourri where it’s used as a fixative. The plant’s essential oil is obtained from the roots and is rich in aromatic compounds that have a musky, green perfume. It is rarely used as the star of a scent but adds a pleasing depth and complexity to florals, musks, citrus and woody fragrances.
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