Exotic Food Product of the Day: Pussy Willow Water

IMG_2670So this is news to me, but apparently Pussy Willow Water is historically known to have a: calming effect on the stomach and people believe it has a soothing effect on those with heart problems.

And can be used in cooking to replace Rose Water, just in case you’ve run out of Rose Water and have Pussy Willow Water on hand 😉

Is it just me or have you all been using Pussy Willow Water all these years and have keeping it from me?

Has anyone ever used it? Heard of it?

Ottolenghi has helped me expand my Middle Eastern repertoire, I even have dried rose buds in the pantry waiting to be made into a sea bass dish, but this was the first I had ever seen or hear of Pussy Willows being used for anything other than decoration.

 

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I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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3 Responses to Exotic Food Product of the Day: Pussy Willow Water

  1. Leslie-Anne says:

    I have never heard of this, but I love the idea of it. It seems like something you would find in the Shire.

  2. seanda wilkins says:

    A friend gave me a bottle of pussy willow water (dist. by Rex International) and I drank it all and was curious for the after effects as I couldn’t find any information about it. After I consumed it, I noticed the label indicated a 1 Tbls serving size…lol! Oops. It had a strange, but not unpleasant taste…slightly floral, and earthy. Would love to find more information about this ingredient.

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