Horse chestnut and beer
How beautifully blooms chestnut! Its flowers shine like candles, and the air seems to glow around.
Real, or sowing chestnut grows on the slopes of the Main Caucasian Range. But a false or horse chestnut can be admired even in the middle lane. Not only this tree is famous for its beauty, reaching a height of 30 meters. It gives people health.
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Horse chestnut leaves as a source of vitamin K have long been used in US medicine. Preparations from them are also used in our country as a tonic. Bark and fruits help with chronic disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, hemorrhoids. Atherosclerosis and thrombophlebitis are treated as a cortical extract. Pollen is used to treat prostatitis, varicose veins, as a means of regulating blood pressure, improves blood composition. In Azerbaijan, the infusion of chestnut fruits on watermelon juice is drunk with malaria.
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The fruits of the chestnut were used to make particularly valuable and medicinal beers, for example royal. Three liters of water are taken 10-20 (depending on size) peeled horse chestnut fruits. They must be cut into halves, but not smaller, otherwise the drink will be bitter. Place chopped chestnuts in a bag with a sinker, put in a jar, add 1 cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of sour cream. Cover with three layers of gauze and put in a dark warm place. Fermentation will take place for two weeks, after which a very pleasant foaming drink will be obtained. It not only quickly removes radionuclides from the body, but also supplies calcium, copper, cobalt and iodine. This beer should be drunk for a month 3 times a day for half a glass or as much as you like, 15-20 minutes before eating. Daily add the corresponding decreasing amount of water and sugar.
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The drink is also useful for children over one year old. It heals the body and allows you to get rid of many diseases. Practice shows that this is a real elixir of youth, partially restores hair color and improves overall condition. Just do not forget to add chestnuts periodically with sweet water - then beer will last for several months. (Zoya Kovalenko, Moscow).
Horse chestnut ordinary (lat. Aésculus hippocástanum) - a large deciduous tree, the most famous species of the horse chestnut genus in Russia. It grows in a small area in the mountains in the Balkans (in the north of Greece, Albania, the Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Bulgaria) in deciduous forests along with alder, ash, maple, hornbeam, linden, beech and other tree species, rising in the mountains to a height of 1000— 1200 m above sea level. It is found in the mountainous regions of Iran and in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is widely cultivated in the temperate zone, distributed in plantings in many areas of the European part of Russia.
Durable (under favorable conditions, reaches the age of 200-300 years). Almost not damaged by insects. It tolerates transplantation in an adult state.
Shade-tolerant, grows well on deep, friable soils - clayey or sandy loamy, quite moist, but without excessive moisture. It tolerates fairly dry chernozem soils in the steppe zone, and does not tolerate saline soils. It is sensitive to dry winds, which is why the leaves often burn badly in the summer and fall prematurely.
Winter-hardy in culture in the middle lane of the European part of Russia (to Moscow). At the latitude of Moscow it freezes in very severe winters; young trees also freeze in St. Petersburg, but in protected places they grow into large, abundantly flowering trees.
- Z. Kovalenko.