In the Geranium/ Pelargonium world:
If you thought geraniums and pelargoniums had just one purpose - to make your garden look lovely - think again.
From pesticides to gin..
Geraniums may hold the key to controlling the devastating Japanese beetle, which feeds on
nearly 300 plant species and costs the ornamental plant industry $450 million in damage each
year, according to scientists with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS). The beetle,
Popillia japonica Newman, can feast on a wide variety of plants, including ornamentals, soybean,
maize, fruits and vegetables. But within 30 minutes of consuming geranium petals, the beetle rolls over on its back,
its legs and antennae slowly twitch, and it remains paralyzed for several hours. The beetles typically recover within
24 hours when paralyzed under laboratory conditions, but they often succumb to death under field conditions after
predators spot and devour the beetles while they are helpless.
More info at: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/ pr/2010/100308.htm (by Alfredo Flores)
Entrepreneur Henrik Hammer has made a new gin flavoured with their petals The resulting 44 per cent
ABV Geranium Gin, is now made in small batches at Langley Distillery in the Black Country. It's great
with both dry and sweet mixers, and has a more delicate, flowery flavour than conventional gin.Read more:
Rose scented geranium growers expect to revitalize their local economies by employing lots of people to help propagate the rose scented geraniums
that will be crushed for their oil and sold to England and Europe for soaps and perfumes. But most recently it was announced last month that the rose scented
geranium is being used to make Gin…..yes, for cocktails. “Geranium Gin” was developed by Hammer & Son Ltd. in England by a father and son who dreamed
of making the best Gin ever that could be used with crisp mixers of tonic or vermouth, and fruity mixers like juices and berries. Geranium Premium London Dry
Gin is distilled according to tradition that is over 350 yrs. old, using a 100 yr. old copper pot still, and a mix of 10 fresh and dried botanicals. The father, a
chemist, did not live to see the first bottle in stores but the son has distributors in England, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, and Switzerland.
More information at www.geraniumgin.com