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Of ambrosia and immortality

25 mayo, 2021

The Ragweed was reserved for exclusive use of the godsAt any time they ate it, drank it, used it as a medicine, as a perfume or as a deodorant. Thanks to her they were immortalHe cleaned the beautiful flesh of contamination“.

Ancient texts, quite obscure as regards the nature of ambrosia, tell us that it could be both solid and liquid, the latter was called nectar, and it seems that it was “nine times sweeter than honey“.

Ancient writers and modern scholars, do not agree on its origin, some say it was honey, and they base their theory on that it cured thanks to its antiseptic properties, there was a drink called mead, a wine made with fermented honey, and also the Greek goddesses Merope and Melisa were sometimes represented with the face of a bee.

Others claim that ragweed was juice extracted from the hallucinogenic mushroom “fly agaric”, this of course would explain many things about the existence and history of the gods.

Later, less mystical, much more modern but with the same desire to seek immortality (or at least to feel immortal from time to time) and with the same worldly interests that the Greek gods once had, they have been given the name of ambrosia to different preparations.

An example can be an aperitif liqueur called ambrosia and of which we can know the recipe thanks to the Larousse ménager (illustrated dictionary of domestic life)

Macerate for 1 month, in 10 liters of old brandy, 80 grams of coriander, 20 grams of cloves and 20 grams of green anise. It is decanted, filtered and then 5 liters of white wine are added and, finally, a syrup made with 5 kilos of sugar in 6 liters of water.

Ambrosia is also called a herbaceous plant that grows in Mediterranean countries and in America, whose infusion, called Mexican tea, has a pleasantly bitter and strong taste.

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