Not a lot to show for this much peril. You will receive a link and will create a new password via email. As it turns out, the spiky thistle lookin' stuff growing in my yard must not be milk thistle. That’s not the botanical term for this, but I think you will understand what I mean. Planting. This biennial plant grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 9. Cut the young leaves from the stalk and steam them as you would spinach. Milk thistle (silymarin) is used to help people with liver problems, aid in the treatment of diabetes, and lower LDL cholesterol. I'm wondering if anyone knows how to harvest milk thistle seeds? You can also cook and eat the leaves and flower heads. Once the purple heads have begun to turn white and fluffy, cut them from the stalk. It’s ground into a meal similar to flaxseed, or made into a tincture, supplement, or tea. What, no one has used milk thistle in a beer for bittering? Mine when I harvest them are glistening almost black colour. Drink milk thistle as a tea for its calming, cleansing properties. Hard to say. Have any of you used milk thistle for bittering? Also, I'd really hate to waste a good batch of beer. . The seeds are attached to the fluff. This not only makes the garden look better, but it prevents the development of seeds that will disperse in the wind. Above all, I want to make sure it is safe to use, that there are no dangerous look alike plants. What!!!? 1. Join Me Every Berry As I Show You How To Save Seeds From Milk Thistle! Steps to harvest it correctly: Use sturdy work gloves and cut the flower cone blossoms away from the stem. What I've read so far advises using the seed pods and leaves at the beginning of the boil for bittering. JavaScript is disabled. Milk thistle is one of the bittering ingredients I've seen listed as an alternative to hops. Some sources indicate it should be avoided by pregnant, breastfeeding, or those with estrogen-sensitive conditions due to its ability to mimic estrogen. For the recipes I've seen, there is usually one or two ingredients that I can't find easily. Please enter your email address. I've been thinking about finding a local plant expert or botanist to get the identity of these plants verified. thanks for posting that it was an interesting read. Respiratory insufficiency simply means inadequate. So, I decided to wait until the next year. Milk thistle (silymarin) is used to help people with liver problems, aid in the treatment of diabetes, and lower LDL cholesterol. I will have to try gruit ale sometime. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. They make dandelion wine, why not dandelion ale? Unfortunately, when I tasted the concoction, all I got was a slight chalky taste. Some of mind that I consider immature are pale. It’s ground into a meal similar to flaxseed, or made into a tincture, supplement, or tea. The best edible roots should be produced from a summer to late summer sowing. For every 1 tablespoonful of powdered milk thistle seeds, add about 3 cups of boiling water into a teapot. Aug 24, 2019 - How to Harvest Milk Thistle. Things to keep in mind when planting and harvesting milk thistle: (41, 44) Pick a sunny to partly-sunny spot. Mar 2, 2014 - Harvesting Milk Thistle - A beneficial plant with a bad reputation. Call 911 and get them en route to your location. As you pour the seeds into the bucket, the unwanted chaff will blow away. Dec 31, 2014 - How to Harvest Seeds From the Milk Thistle Plant. Still need to do more research before I try it. However, it is loaded with medicinal benefits. I ought to try that...got a yard full. (and also proven to be 10x more bioavailable than just the milk thistle extract itself)Each serving comes with 80 mg of milk thistle extract, but because of its formulation, you get … (have a picture?) Milk thistle is a very decorative plant. Once the purple heads have begun to turn white and fluffy, cut them from the stalk. Leave at least 6″ of stem on the flower heads to make them easier to thresh and handle. If you have lots and lots of these, I would just put them in bags (or boxes) and shake them once they’re really, really dry, then carefully remove the seeds from the bottom of the containers. If anyone has additional info on milk thistle, please let me know. Explore. Milk thistle can interact with certain drugs, so check with your GP or a medical herbalist before taking. 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