Gentian root, also referred to as Yellow Gentian, Bitterwort, and Devil's Taint is a European native herb once used in beer brewing like hops.
The root is also a featured ingredient in traditional herbal bitters, most notably the Angostura Bitters produced in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Since the formula is only known to a few people still living, you'll have to experiment with our dried gentian root to make your own herbal bitters and tea blends.
Due to the bitter characteristics of gentian, the plant has a long history of use as a digestive, a practice that began in the Greco-Roman period and continues today. Aside from being included in alcoholic bitters, the herb is a featured ingredient in vermouth.