Forsythia – Forsythia suspensae

Forsythia
Forsythia

… We open up our homes to let
the scent of love inside;
forsythia and buttercup
and sun all beam with pride….

By Teargen

This brilliant spring shrub bursts into bloom long before the leaves unfurl, but last until they are almost fully present. Forsythia originates from China, but today grows almost all over the world. The first Weeping Forsythia was first seen by a westerner when Carl Peter Thunberg saw it in a Japanese garden. The Forsythia arrived first in Holland by way of the Dutch East India Company since Thunberg worked with them.

Forsythia fruit was first mentioned as medicine in a 1789 herbal compendium. It stated that thousands of years ago the Forsythia fruit was combined with honeysuckle flowers to treat fever, cough, and chest complaints. Korean research has shown promise for using the flowers of Forsythia to treat cholesterol. In modern Chinese medicine the Forsythia is prescribed when a broad spectrum antibiotic is needed. In Chinese medicine it is considered one of the 50 fundamental herbs.

The young leaves have been eaten, but some caution is advised. The leaves contain a glucoside, Phillyrin. It is not known if this glycoside is toxic or not!

Forsythia sticks are used to bow a Korean string instrument called ajaeng.

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One response to this post.

  1. A well written story. I’m always looking for stuff like this.

    Reply

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