Ireland’s Mystic Plant, the Shamrock
The shamrock and Ireland have been linked since ancient times, but not in the same way we think of now. (Other than the party.)
Ireland has always had great cooks, and under the ancient clan-laws cooks were quite important. In gigantic cauldrons, the cooks were inventive in cooking for the entire tribe. This creative tradition continued from the High Kings of Ireland to the resurgence of high culinary art.
But, one important ingredient has lately been forgotten — the shamrock. In ancient times the shamrock, a watercress, was believed to have sacred and mystic powers. Those who ate it received the power to see fairies, and in the earliest times the plants were said to be aphrodisiacs, especially for women.
This New Year’s Eve, ask the bartender to make your martini or pour your glass of wine and add a sprig of watercress, hold the olives.
Happy Days! The Crew at authenticireland.com