The curry plant in Posadas and the theoretical physicist Einstein (?!)

Good morning all!

I left early for my morning walk the other day because the sun’s already quite piquant and temperatures were forecasted to rise to 35° C = 95° F — yippee and yikes!

I came across lots of curry plant that’s in full flower, and yes, it certainly does smell of curry, and no, I don’t use it in my cooking, although I should really, and below you’ll see why.

The proper name for this plant is Helichrysum italicum (which I had to copy and paste because I didn’t trust myself with correctly reproducing these words if physically written out).

Well, after I did some research into this plant I realised just how rich it is in beneficial properties and below are just some of them:

According to the UIC Heritage Garden ‘The curry plant is well-known for the oil extracted from its flowers. The oil has medicinal properties that can heal burned skin or chapped lips. It serves as an anti-inflammatory and fungicidal astringent for skin’.

Additionally, it is used as an anticoagulant, can reduce the risk of heart attacks, dissolve blood clots and can be used to treat coughing and fever. The oil also reduces anxiety and stress; it helps fade scars, heal cuts or wounds and can be used as a moisturizer.

As far as food is concerned, the plant’s young shoots and leaves are used in Mediterranean dishes for salads and to give meat, fish, or vegetable flavour, the flowers for herbal tea and the oil used as flavouring in ice creams, sweets, drinks, baked food, chewing gum etc.

So the conclusion is… I guess I’ll be using this plant after all!

I’d just like to end with this quote from the theoretical physicist Einstein (taken from a long list of his many very interesting quotes). Though, ‘What has Einstein got to do with the curry plant?’ I hear you ask. Well, as far as I know — nothing! It’s just that I was doing Einstein in my English conversation class the other day, and we were reading some of his quotes. So here it is:

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”

Albert Einstein (Born: 14 March 1879 Wurttemberg, German Empire — died: 18 April 1955, aged 76, New Jersey U.S.)

Einstein in 1921 (Wiki)

Bye for now — take care! xxx

6 comentarios sobre “The curry plant in Posadas and the theoretical physicist Einstein (?!)

  1. Are the leaves of your curry plant, the same as those that are for sale as ‘curry leaves’? It would make sense wouldn’t it?

    Einstein had a good turn of phrase, and a very interesting life. I can recommend the Genius, tv mini series on him – with the lovely Jonny Flynn as the young Einstein. It’s fascinating. My brother has a similar quote, ‘you can’t over estimate the stupidity of people’. Having seen some of the nonsense on social media about vaccinations, I think they are both correct!

    I hope the translating is going well.

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  2. Hello Lisa! Well, surprisingly the curry leaves are not similar to those that you can buy, but are much more like lavendar leaves, long and thin.
    Thanks for recommending me The Genius — I will definitely have a look at it, he was such a fascinating man (and a real flunk at school in his earlier years it would seem!).
    My translation’s going very well, luckily the book’s very interesting. I’m just waiting for the next batch that he’ll be sending me this week.

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