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Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

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angelica is the common name for Angelica archangelica, a stout, umbelliferous plant that starts out as a rosette of large (30–70 cm in length), compound leaves with hollow, tubular leaf stalks. In its first year or two (occasionally longer), it will accumulate nutrients in a thick taproot. Then it will flower, set seeds, and die. The green, occasionally purplish, flower stem may grow to a height of 2 m or more. The small, greenish flowers are set in spherical umbels, 10–15 cm or more across. When bruised, the whole plant has a strong aromatic scent, often described as musky.