Fall has officially arrived. And you know how I know? It’s not the colder weather, because Austin has decided to stay at 90 degrees. The golden whimsical flower appearing along roadsides in Texas, has appeared, opening its face to the sun. Goldenrod, is in the plant family, Asteraceae. Solidago is the genus name, and it translates to …”to make whole or heal.” This plant, used for centuries in herbal medicine, contains flavonoid antioxidants that can help with inflammation. Traditionally it was used to help treat arthritis. Goldenrod is at its peak just for a short time, so make sure and harvest some now to save for cordials, tea, and many other remedies this fall.
What is a Cordial Anyway?
You may have heard of liquors, cordials, and elixirs being the same thing. That is up for debate, but a cordial is essentially made with fruit and a palatable alcohol like brandy, tequila, or vodka. Cordials are meant for sipping on after dinner, also known as a digestif. Goldenrod has a slight anise flavor, and combining it with some sweet, seasonal pears, and nice brandy, it’s a delight! You do have to wait month for the flavors to macerate, but just be patient. The possibilities are endless with creating these fun concoctions, and the best part is that you can bottle them and give them as gifts at Christmas!