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Reputedly angelica takes its name from the archangel who recommended its use during the times of plague. It is said to protect against evil spirits and witchcraft, hence it is also known as 'The Root of the Holy Ghost'. It is a large biennial herb with glossy green leaves with white flowers from midsummer. Now used to decorate cakes and trifles. The stems can be used to reduce acidity and the leaves, which are sweet, can be added to preserves or fruit dishes. Similar in taste to juniper.