MYRTLE

lat. Myrtus communis
hrv. Mirta

Myrtle is a genus of flowering plants in the family Myrtaceae, described in 1753 by Linnaeus.

History and Origin

Myrtus communis is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant for use as a shrub in gardens and parks. It is native across the Mediterranean region, Macaronesia, western Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. Myrtle occupies a prominent place in the writings of Hippocrates, Pliny  and the Arabian writers for its medicinal uses.

Properties

Some of the health benefits of myrtle include the ability to reduce respiratory issues, protect against intestinal conditions, regulating the endocrine system, prevent certain cancers, treat skin diseases, lower blood sugar levels, and improve heart health.

Anka’s Myrtle Liqueur

A homemade myrtle spirit drink.

Prep Time: 20 min
Ready in : 40 days

Ingredients:
1 kg myrtle berries
1 kg sugar
1 l od pure brandy

Instructions

  • Put the sugar in a big jar. Let it sit until the sugar dissolves.
  • After the sugar dissolves, add brandy and let it sit for 40 days.
  • Strain and pour in to bottles for use.