All Hail the Berry!

Hildegard von Bingen’s insight to the world of foraging

Hildegard von Bingen had very clear ideas on what is good for us and what isn’t. She snubbed some berries while placing great value on others. Read on to find out which she recommended, and try out some of the Pirchner Hof’s berry recipes yourself!

Raspberry vinegar recipe

Ingredients

  • A handful of fresh raspberries
  • Organic apple or white wine vinegar (unpasteurised)
  • An untreated organic lemon

Method

Put the fresh raspberries in a screw top jar with two slices of lemon. Fill the jar with vinegar. Close the jar and leave in a cool, dry place to steep for three to four weeks. Then strain the raspberries and lemons and pour the raspberry vinegar into a bottle. Store in a cool, dark place.

Note: Raspberries contain vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and calcium. They also stimulate the secretion of saliva and gastric juices with their slightly acidic and refreshing taste. Hildegard von Bingen recommends raspberry water with galangal to help with fever and viral infections. Get your morning off to a good digestive start with a breakfast of porridge made with spelt flakes, raspberries, ground almonds and cream, sweetened with honey.

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Blackcurrant syrup recipe

Ingredients

  • 2kg blackcurrant
  • 400g sugar

Method

Remove the berries from their stalks before washing and then squashing them down with a fork. Place them in a pan, cover with water and bring to a brief boil while stirring. Sieve the blackcurrant juice through a fine sieve or cheesecloth. Then stir in 400g sugar and bring to the boil again. Pour into sterilised bottles while hot.

Note: Hildegard von Bingen was the first to recommend blackcurrants as a remedy. They contain up to five times more vitamin C than lemons and have the highest potassium content of all berries (300mg) – they help to reduce blood pressure and are highly effective at eliminating fluid. They also contain minerals such as magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and iron, as well as antimicrobial agents and antioxidants. Thanks to their antibacterial properties, currants are also used to treat throat inflammation, to reduce fever in cases of inflammation, colds and influenza, and, when heated up, to alleviate coughs.

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Blackberry elixir recipe

Ingredients

  • 30g pellitory
  • 25g blackberry leaves
  • 20g hyssop
  • 15g oregano
  • 500g honey
  • 4l wine

Method

Boil the herbs and honey in the wine for around 5 minutes. Sieve and pour into bottles while hot. Take 1–2 tablespoons of this blackberry elixir after a light meal, or 1–2 liqueur glasses after a heavy meal. Give children ½–2 teaspoons depending on their age and size of meal.

Note: Great for coughs, congestion, bronchitis, pleurisy and catarrh. Blackberries stop maturing as soon as they are picked, so only pick or buy ripe berries. 100g of blackberries provides a third of our daily vitamin C intake. They also contain large quantities of folic acid and iron. Two teaspoons of blackberry leaves boiled in hot water produce a delicious tea that helps against gum inflammation, fever and hoarseness.

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Photo credits: Pirchner Hof

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