Product: Rue Herb
Latin Name: Ruta graveolens syn. Ruta hortensis
Plant Family: Rutaceae
Other Names: Common Rue, Herb of Grace, Herbygrass, Garden Rue, Hreow, Mother of Herbs, Rewe, Ruta, Ruda, Countryman's-Treacle, Herbe de la Rue, Rue des Jardins, Rue, Common Rue, Rue Fétide, Weinraute, Arruda, Arruda dos jardins, Ruta de Cheiro Forte, Ruda de Monte, Erruda & Sudapa.
Description: Rue is an evergreen perennial herb that is native to Southern Europe and can also be found growing in North America and Australia. It grows to a height of 0.5-1 metre, older stem growth is woody. The compound, tri-pinnate leaves are comprised of 5-11 leaflets which are alternate and glaucous green in colour and very bitter. The 4-5 petaled flowers are approximately 1cm in colour and greenish-yellow in colour, rising in terminal panicles.
Rue leaves can be added to sachets to act as a moth and flea repellent, it was a popular strewing herb of the Elizabethans for that very purpose. The leaves were used by the romans, but today they are considered too bitter although they are still used as a traditional ingredient in the Ethiopian spice blend berbere.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.