Fumitory water is an herb-scented water analogous to rose water and orange flower water made from fumitory (it is a noun), the common name for fumaria officinalis, or פֿעלדרױך (feldroykh, or “field-smoke”) in Yiddish. I found my fumitory water at the Sunflower Market in
The flavor is a tiny bit smoky, with notes of dates, figs, and prune, and something like gum Arabic or gum mastic. It is very different from anything I have tasted before. I might try this instead of rose or orange blossom water next time I make a syrupy dessert, just to see what happens.
Cooling Fumitory Water
In a tall glass, combine a teaspoon of mild honey with a tablespoon of fumitory water and a pinch of salt. You may use more or less honey, or leave it out altogether. Fill the glass with cool water and ice.
Kalyn will be rounding up other life-giving potions at this week's Weekend Herb Blogging.