About Ambrette Seed

The Plant

Ambrette (Abelmoschus moschatus) is a tropical hibiscus with beautiful bright yellow flowers, and its distinctive seed pods look so similar to okra that the plant is sometimes referred to as “musk okra” or “ornamental okra.”  Ambrette is native to India, where it is known as Mushkdana or Kasturi Bhendi.  The plant grows to just over a meter in height and is an evergreen shrub.  When mature

the pods split open to reveal kidney-shaped seeds that have a sweet, flowery, heavy fragrance.  When green the pods are edible, and we have to fend off the local monkeys to ensure our harvest!

The Oil

Ambrette oil is pale yellow, with an enchanting aroma described variously as sweet, rich, warm, musky, fatty and nutty, with floral overtones.  After a short period of aging, more complex notes can emerge, such as wine, brandy, fruit, and tobacco.

Like all musks, Ambrette is a perfumery base note.  It is a powerful, tenacious scent.

Story Time

Ambrette has long been appreciated in perfumery as one of the few plant oils that contains natural musk compounds, including one named after the plant, ambrettolide.  Many synthetic musks are cooked up in laboratories these days, but for people who care about natural products, there is no substitute for Ambrette. 

Ambrette oil is expensive and rare because so much work goes into creating it.  Unlike some oil crops where the plant leaves are used, Ambrette oil is made only from seeds, which weigh very little and must be carefully gathered.  The seeds represent a tiny fraction of the biomass of the entire plant, and only a very small yield of essential oil is achieved-- 0.2% to 0.6% of the total weight of the seeds. 

Present Uses

Ambrette oil is used in high end, luxury perfumes and cosmetic products.  It is also used as a flavoring in vermouth and bitters, chewing tobacco, sweets, and baked products. 

Ambrette seeds are sometimes mixed with coffee in Arabic cultures.  In India the seeds are burned as incense, packed with clothing as an insect repellent, and pounded for use as a hair perfume.

Ambrette seed pods, when green, are made into pickles in India, and the leaves and shoots are also edible when tender.  Finally, the yellow flowers of Ambrette make it popular as an ornamental plant.

Links

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abelmoschus_moschatus

http://www.mobot.org/gardeninghelp/plantfinder/plant.asp?code=A556

http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ABMO
 

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