|Cytisus purgans - gullginst|
Photo from: Scott Wahl
The buds, considered a delicacy, were gathered at the end of April or May and salted or pickled. Later they were boiled or washed and added to salads like capers. The English used them in pastry stuffing’s for main dishes. Geneste was a summer dish colored yellow like broom flowers by the use of egg yolks and saffron see ginestada.
The flowers were made into a drink with water for their purgative affects. As a diuretic, the seeds were added to drinks for two weeks, removed and then imbibed for fever and liver problems. Sheep eating the green tops of broom do not contract rot. Also these were thought good for kidney problems, fever, gout, sciatica, black jaundice, dropsy and hip and joint pains.
|Buy a broom, bud?|
Photo from: Bryan Costin
Layman are advised not to try broom for the large number of species. Spanish broom (Spartium juncerum), for example is poisonous, see iniesta. Also see retama negra.
Photo by: Lord-Williams
published December 26, 2012 for Broom-Flower Pudding Recipe, Broom-Flower Pudding adapted from Nola xxi-2 Ginestada; and Iniesta published May 6, 2015 for a variation of the Broom Flower Pudding Reciped adapted from Nola xxi-2. Ginestada.
Ginestada published November 28, 2014 for Broom Flower Pudding adapted from Nola’s Ginestada lxix-2.