Estafiate (Mugwort relative) tastes sweet and strange. Anyone else with experience?
Hey Grow Networkers,
I have an Estafiate plant, Artemisia ludoviciana. Everything I know about it is that it is supposed to taste very bitter, with some aromatic overtones. Mine has those flavors, but underneath a very forward sweet flavor and an odd flavor profile that a friend of mine described as "pool chemicals." She was not out of the ballpark on that one and ever since she said so, I have been wary of the plant. I have had this plant in a few different location and I have had it at this house for about 2 years. Last year, I took it out of its pot and planted it in the ground in the "flower bed" next to my house. The roots were completely colonized by ants. I am unsure if the roots are still colonized by ants, but seeing as how ants generally live, I am pretty sure that they can survive burial. I have not seen any aphids on the plant.
I have tasted Mugwort, but otherwise, I do not have any other Estafiate plants to compare it to. I am sure of my identification. Does anyone have experience in this realm? Is my plant contaminated with something? Would a plant that "eats" a lot of dead ants have a sweet "pool chemical" taste? The taste seems to either be diminishing now or it is coming and going. I don't know if that is seasonal or if the ant bodies are finally being cycled through, or if the ants have nothing to do with it. I have never tested the soil at my house and I live in an urban area. In fact, my street is an industrial area, but the sweet taste predates me moving to this house. I am not sure about the "pool chemicals" taste because I did not notice that as much until my friend mentioned it.
For now, I am holding off on ingesting it altogether, but that's a shame because the mugworts really are quite nice and special medicines.
Thank you so much for your help