Monday, November 6, 2017

Bayberry - Myrica pensylvanica Candles to Cooking at jiovi®

German Pot Roast

2 cups water

1 cup cider vinegar

1 large yellow onion, sliced

10 whole cloves

4 bayberry leaves   ( or old dried-out bay leaf)

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon whole juniper berries

1 teaspoon whole peppercorns

1 (4 pound) deer hind quarter roast

2 cups chopped onions

2 cups chopped carrots

10 gingersnap cookies, crushed

Marinade: Bring water, vinegar, 1/2 onion, garlic, cloves, bay leaves, sugar, juniper berries, and peppercorns to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes.

Place meat in a non-reactive and pour marinade over it, completely covering meat. Marinate in the refrigerator 2 to 3 days, turning the roast twice a day.

Pat meat dry and braise on high, sealing all surfaces. This will generate steam and vinegar smell, so keep the fan going. Place onions, carrots, and celery in a dutch oven. Add carrots, onions and half the marinade (save the rest) and cook on low for 5+ hours till meat falls apart. Add more marinade to be sure meat has plenty of liquid around it and does not burn.

Take meat out and put on platter. Add gingersnaps to pot and heat until thickened. Serve gravy separately.

Purchase Bayberry Plants at - "Live A New Way"
Sun Part Shade
Zones 4-6
deer resistant
Attracts bees,  butterflies, birds
 shrub -may be pruned
pH 6.5-7 (neutral to slightly acidic) 
likes moist soil
shipped as 18-24" plant
appropriate for living fence or windbreak
Nitrogen fixing
Other common names: northern bayberry, bayberry, candle-berry
An average height is about 8 feet without pruning. Plants will develop a spread equal to their height. Minimal pruning will control it well.
A wax covering on the fruit is extracted by scalding the fruit with boiling water and immersing them for a few minutes, the wax floats to the surface and is then skimmed off. The fruit is then boiled in water to extract the wax from the pulp and once more the wax is skimmed off. It is then strained through a muslin cloth and can be used to make aromatic candles. . They are aromatic, with a pleasant balsamic odor. The wax is also used in making soaps. A green dye is obtained from the leaves. The plant is very wind hardy and can be grown as a hedge.
Soil / Climate:  This tough plant grows in coastal sand flats and tidal marshes from Maine to North Carolina. It is adaptable to a range of difficult landscape conditions including poor, sterile, sandy soils, swampy soil and heavy clay soils. Plant in full sun or part shade. Best in slightly acid soil. Can withstand coastal salt sprays.
  • These semi-evergreen plants are known for their aromatic foliage and berries.
  • We recommend planting several in a group to insure good fruit sets.
  • This plant is excellent for the natural garden forming its own colony.
  • Mature growth is around 4-6' tall and wide.  
  • Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade.
  • Use fresh or dried leaves like traditional Bay Leaf in cooking. 
Wildlife: Fruit is popular with turkey, ruffed grouse, bobwhite, pheasant, tree swallows, several varieties of woodpeckers, and many others. Makes excellent cover for wildlife due to its nearly evergreen nature.

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