Gentian Root Cut & Sifted, Wild Crafted

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Gentian root, also referred to as Yellow Gentian, Bitterwort and Devil's Taint, is a European native herb once used in beer brewing like hops.

The root is also a featured ingredient in traditional herbal bitters, most notably the Angostura Bitters produced in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Since the formula is only known to a few people still living, you'll have to experiment with our dried gentian root to make your own herbal bitters and tea blends.

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information at a glance

approximate cups to one pound5
origine. europe
plant part useddried root
processingcut & sifted
sustainabilitywild crafted

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsKeep in an airtight container away from heat and light.
appearance & aromaWoody with no remarkable odor.


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cosmeticInfuse in oil or make water-based infusions for use in creams, lotions, hair products and other cosmetics.
culinaryUse in herbal tea blends.
safetyGentian root is not intended for long-term use. Do not use this herb if you have a history of gastric or duodenal ulcers.

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flavor profile

wild crafted, cut & sifted
gentian root

Very bitter. Blend with sweet herbs and warm spices to improve flavor.

formulas & recipes

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gentian root

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what else you should know

wild crafted, cut & sifted
gentian root

Gentian, also known as bitter root and gall weed, is a perennial herb that produces yellow blossoms with feathery petals that look more like leaves than flowers.

Due to the bitter characteristics of gentian, the plant has a long history of use as a digestive, a practice that began in the Greco-Roman period and continues today. Aside from being included in alcoholic bitters, the herb is a featured ingredient in vermouth.

The bitter properties of gentian root are due to glycosides such as amarogentin, isogentisin, mangiferin and gentiopicrin. Of particular interest is amarogentin, which is said to be the most bitter-tasting compound in the world. It is speculated that this phytochemical may trigger the activation of a dormant bitter taste receptor gene in humans known as hTAS2R50.

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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.