Pot pourri is French for “ rotten pot” and get its name from a fermented, layered mixture of flower petals, salts, spices and fixatives.
In old fashioned way, this unsavory looking but fragrant substance are stored in a lidded pot and used to mask unpleasant smells and to ward off diseases.
Today, old fashioned or moist potpourri has been largely replaced with dried ones, which is easier and quicker to make.
Materials for making pot pourri are :
Flowers, leaves and herbs.
Make sure that all the plant material is thoroughly dry before making up the potpourri.
Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice are traditional. But sometimes we also use anise, cardamom, coriander, vanilla pods to make exotic mixture. Freshly grounds have stronger, clearer aroma than powders. Cinnamon, allspice and juniper berries are sometimes used whole for textural interest.
Dried Citrus peel
Orange and lemon are used to add a refreshingly sharp contrast to floral scents. But sometimes we use lime and grapefruits. Use thin-skinned fruit or use a sharp knife to remove the skin with a minimum of pitch attached.
There are used to absorbs, blend and preserve the scent of dried all these ingredients. Here you can used dried orris root or gum benzoin. Orris root has a lovely violet scent of its own.
Rose, lavender, geranium, sandalwood, lemon verbena, cedarwood, eucalyptus, citronella are used to enhance pot pourri.
For Fragrance : province roses, damask roses, lavender, wallflower, chamomile, verbena, tansy, sweet woodruff, hyacinth, heliotrope, narcissus, clove pink, tobacco plant, cotton lavender, sweet violet, lilac, sweet pea, mimosa, mock orange, freesia, lime blossom, jasmine, honeysuckle.
For Color : Florist’s roses, calendula, peony, cockscomb, marigold, pansy, yarrow, hibiscus, helichrysum, heather, statice, buttercup, golden rod, zinnia.
For bulk and aroma : lemon verbena, rosemary, scented geranium, lemon balm, lemon thyme, sweet basil, sweet marjoram, bay, bergamot, dill, sage, myrtle, various mints.
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How To Make Pot pourri?
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