Sweet gale or bog myrtle is a classic northern European gruit ingredient.
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Myrica gale. Also known as sweet gale. A preservative as well as a flavoring and bittering agent. Of ancient and widespread use. It’s one of the herbs most frequently mentioned in descriptions of Medieval gruit blends.
Use fresh or very recently dried; quality appears to diminish rapidly.
Fascinating to see yarrow already in use as a brewing herb 3500 years ago. Here, it’s in combination with several bog plants: sweet gale, meadowsweet, cranberries and lingonberries.