Farm experience for groups of children and school classes:
The offered services are available for company groups, birthday surprises, a shared experience of nature, etc. and will be tailor-made according to your special desires.
Maria Haberl vulgo Einödmoar
8770 St. Michael in Obersteiermark
The fascinating variety of domestic herbs
Originally, cultivated plants were derived from wild plants. They are a little smaller, taste more intense and enrich our cuisine by making dishes more delicious and digestible. Furthermore the great variety of wild herbs allows us to generate different kinds of taste. In addition to that wild plants are rich in vitamins, minerals, vital substances and enzymes and are therefore used for medical purposes as well.
The advantages of wild herbs are:
Keeping herbs for the winter
There are a couple of different options available in order to save the herbs for the winter. On the one hand it is possible to collect them green, freeze the leaves and just use them that way. The other possibility is to pick and then dry them.
There are a couple of different ways to pick herbs. If it is earlier in the season and you don't want to take the whole plant, just break off the stem and hang the stem upside down in a dark cool place and let it dry. This would be true for almost all herbs.
The one thing that you should do in order to improve the quality of the herbs is take off any flowering to ensure maximum energy goes to drying the leaves rather than the buds. Just hang them in a dry airy dark place. It certainly has to be out of direct sunlight. The other possibility is just to pull up the whole plant, shake the dirt off and take the entire plant and hang it.
Other common names: Elderberry, Sambucus
Common names in Spanish: Saúco, Saúco negro, Flor de Saúco
Botanical family: Caprifoliaceae
Medicinal parts: Mainly the flowers, but also the bark, leaves and berries.
Black elder is a medium sized shrub or small tree that has been used for centuries in Europe and North America for a variety of ailments, especially those related to respiratory problems.
The flowers of Sambucus nigra are used to produce elderflower cordial. The French, Austrians and Central Europeans produce elderflower syrup, commonly made from an extract of elderflower blossoms, which is added to pancake (Palatschinken) mixes instead of blueberries. People throughout much of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe use a similar method to make a syrup which is diluted with water and used as a drink. Based on this syrup, Fanta markets a soft drink variety called "Shokata" which is sold in 15 countries worldwide. In the United States, this French elderflower syrup is used to make elderflower marshmallows. St-Germain, a french liqueur, is made from elderflowers.
Wines, cordials and marmalade have been produced from the berries or flowers. In Italy (especially in Piedmont) and Germany the umbels of the elderberry are batter coated, fried and then served as a dessert or a sweet lunch with a sugar and cinnamon topping. Elderberries are a key ingredient in "purple juice". Hollowed elderberry twigs have traditionally been used as spiles to tap maple trees for syrup.
Ornamental varieties of Sambucus are grown in gardens for their showy flowers, fruits and lacy foliage. Native species of elderberry are often planted by people wishing to support native butterfly and bird species.
Black elderberry has been used medicinally for hundreds of years. The flowers and the berries are both used in various ways to promote natural healing within the body. The flowers of the elder berry contain large portions of organic acids and calcium. The berries contain vitamin B1 and vitamin C, along with essential oils.
Black elder is known to induce to body to sweat. Sweating is a way for the body to release toxins. Elder berry is good for the respiratory and digestive system. There are several ways to prepare elder berry using the flowers and the berries, to help alleviate symptoms of the common cold, and digestive problems. There is also a paste that can be used for minor burns.
A Modern Herbal by Mrs. M. Grieve suggests several elderberry syrup recipes:
To make Elderberry Rob [syrup], 5 lb. of fresh ripe, crushed berries are simmered with 1 lb. of loaf sugar and the juice evaporated to the thickness of honey. It is cordial, aperient and diuretic. One or two tablespoons mixed with a tumbler of hot water, taken at night, promotes perspiration and is demulcent to the chest. The Rob when made can be bottled and stored for the winter. Herbalists sell it ready for use.
'Syrup of Elderberries' is made as follows: Pick the berries when throughly ripe from the stalks and stew with a little water in a jar in the oven or pan. After straining, add 1/2 oz. of whole ginger and 18 cloves to each gallon. Boil the ingredients for an hour, strain again and bottle. The syrup is an excellent cure for a cold. Drink about a wineglass full of Elderberry syrup, add hot water, and if liked, sugar.
The leaves, twigs, branches, seeds and roots contain a cyanide producing glycoside. Ingesting any of these parts in sufficient quantity can cause a toxic build up of cyanide in the body. In addition, the unripened berry, flowers and "umbels" contain a toxic alkaloid.
Due to the possibility of cyanide poisoning, children should be discouraged from making whistles, slingshots or other toys from elderberry wood. In addition, "herbal teas" made with elderberry leaves (which contain cyanide inducing glycosides) should be treated with high caution. However, ripe berries (pulp and skin) are safe to eat.
Date: FR, 19. august 2016, 19.00 h, Michi's Seeschenke, Trabochersee
Panoramawegwanderung aufs Hochzinödl
Date: SA, 20. august 2016
Sommerfest mit Maibaumumschneiden
Date: SA, 20. august 2016, 15.00 h, Kinderfreundeplatz, 8792 St. Peter-Freienstein