Herb, Finely Shredded from Peru (SKU 3716)
Excellent quality and highly aromatic Ruta herb, finely shredded. Ethically and sustainably cultivated by small farmers around Lima, Peru. No pesticides or fertilizers used. Harvested in January 2017.
Rue belongs to the Rutaceae (Rue family). It is an aromatic plant native to southern Europe and northern Africa. It is commonly cultivated in Europe and the U.S., sometimes escaping to grow wild locally. It is a small evergreen subshrub or semiwoody perennial 60-90 cm tall and almost as wide. The stems become woody near the base, but remain herbaceous nearer the tips. The 7.6-12.7 cm long leaves are dissected pinnately into oblong or spoon shaped segments. They are somewhat fleshy and usually covered with a powdery bloom. The sea green foliage has a strong, pungent, rather unpleasant scent when bruised. The paniculate clusters of small yellow flowers appear in midsummer, held well above the foliage and often covering most of the plant. Each flower is about 1.3 cm across with four concave notched petals. The fruit is a roundish capsule, warted, and 4-lobed, each lobe opening into 2 valves.
It is said that the Rue taken from your neighbor's garden will grow best.
Ruta has a pungent, bitter odor, with at the same time an almost sickly sweetness. It is one of those unusual scents that you either love or hate.
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This is a natural product, used as incense or in perfumery, or as an ingredient of incense and other perfumery or potpourri preparations.
Some incense plants or products may have some history of other folklore purposes, but we offer this product for its use as incense. Not food grade, not for consumption.
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