[NAFEX] Blow flower
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
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[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
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
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
and higher branches release before lower branches. So there is actually
for about 3 weeks where elder flowers can be harvested. Harvesting at
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?
>Sorry Jerry, but we retained some of the Old English down here while
>trend at one time was to switch the official American language to
>Ironically "blow" was akin to the Old High German verb,"bluoen"
>blossom". Why elder blow (elder blossom) hung on, is beyond my
>comprehension. It could be because an elder, especially Sambucus nigra,
>be referred to as a bourtree (bower tree). The blossoms were claimed
>have medicinal properties and these attributes may have previously
>the berries importance as a dye or food. Over time, elder became
>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.)
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