[NAFEX] Blow flower

Brungardt, Sam Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us
Fri Dec 16 12:59:12 EST 2005


My dictionary defines "blow" as (1) A mass of blossoms: peach blow. (2)
The state of blossoming. (3) To bloom or cause to bloom.  Itr is from
the Middle English "blowen", to bloom. -- Sam 

-----Original Message-----
From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Heron Breen
Sent: Friday, December 16, 2005 11:50 AM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Blow flower


>From personal herbal use and historical application, the elder flowers 
>are used in
tea as fever reducers and in tincture as a gentlier substitute for
echinacea root. 
Elder "blow" as I've known it refers to the stage of a flower when a
slight air or 
branch movement will cause the petals to fall. It is at this time that
the flowers 
are the easiest to gather for food, medicine, etc. Petal-fall is what
most of use 
to refer to this as. Elder flowers reach "blow" stage depending on
sunlight/shade 
and higher branches release before lower branches. So there is actually
a "season" 
for about 3 weeks where elder flowers can be harvested. Harvesting at
blow ensures 
a crop of berries that fall as the ovary itself is left intact on the
plant.  sincerely, Heron Breen zone 4, Maine

On Fri Dec 16  9:17 , Doc Lisenby <longdistshtr at shtc.net> sent:

>In a message dated 12/15/2005 1:47:46 PM US Eastern Standard Time,
>longdistshtr at shtc.net writes:
>
>
>We used to bread and fry the elderberry "blow" (flowers)
>
>
>Well that is a new one on me. What is a blow (flower)? As opposed to a
>normal flower? Local term?
>
>Jerry
>-----------------------------------------------------------------------
>------------
------------------------------
>Sorry Jerry, but we retained some of the Old English down here while 
>the
>trend at one time was to switch the official  American language to
German. 
>Ironically  "blow" was akin to the Old High German verb,"bluoen"
meaning "to 
>blossom".  Why elder blow (elder blossom) hung on, is beyond my 
>comprehension. It could be because an elder, especially Sambucus nigra,
may 
>be referred to as a bourtree (bower tree).  The blossoms were claimed
to 
>have medicinal properties and these attributes may have previously
exceeded 
>the berries importance as a dye or food. Over time, elder became
elderberry 
>to describe the plant.
>Incidentally, the bark, leaves, shoots and roots are claimed to contain

>cyanogenic glycosides which are poisonous and shouldn't be ingested.
>So, to answer your question; "blow" means "blossom"/"flower"/"bloom".
>Doc Lisenby Zone 7/8 (So. Car.) 
>
>
>_______________________________________________
>nafex mailing list
>nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
>
>Reproduction of list messages or archives is not allowed.
>This includes distribution on other email lists or reproduction on web 
>sites. Permission to reproduce is NEVER granted, so don't claim you 
>have permission!
>
>Posts from email addresses that are not subscribed are discarded. No 
>exceptions.
>----
>To subscribe or unsubscribe, go to the bottom of this page (also can be
used to 
change other email options):
>http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/nafex
>
>File attachments are NOT stripped by this list.
>TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM COMPUTER VIRUSES!
>Please do not send binary files.
>Use plain text ONLY in emails!
>
>NAFEX web site:   http://www.nafex.org/


_______________________________________________
nafex mailing list 
nafex at lists.ibiblio.org

Reproduction of list messages or archives is not allowed.
This includes distribution on other email lists or reproduction on web
sites. Permission to reproduce is NEVER granted, so don't claim you have
permission!

**YOU MUST BE SUBSCRIBED TO POST!**
Posts from email addresses that are not subscribed are discarded. No
exceptions.  
----
To subscribe or unsubscribe, go to the bottom of this page (also can be
used to change other email options):
http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/nafex

File attachments are NOT stripped by this list.
TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM COMPUTER VIRUSES!
Please do not send binary files.
Use plain text ONLY in emails!

NAFEX web site:   http://www.nafex.org/



More information about the nafex mailing list