Plants of The Bible (Rue)

  • Although Rue was a very common spice in ancient Rome, today, the secrets of Rue are barely known to the wider world. Rue’s popularity is still greatest in Ethiopia. Fresh rue leaves are sometimes used as a coffee flavourant (remember that coffee is native to Ethiopia!), and rue is also sometimes mentioned as a component in the national spice mix, berebere (Pepper). Ethiopian cuisine is unique in using not only rue leaves, but also the dried fruits (rue berries) with their more intensive, slightly pungent flavour that is well preserved on drying.



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