It is possible to find ground ivy at almost any time that there is not snow on the ground. In the winter the plants continue to produce tiny leaves at a very slow rate.
As a member of the mint family, Ground Ivy, has a faint mint flavor which is muted by the more dominant, gamey flavors of sage. This small garnish leaf is no larger than a quarter and pairs wonderfully with lamb, game or even some creamy desserts.
Ground Ivy is a wonderful digestive. As well as being stimulating to the digestive system due to its aromatic oils it is also known to bind to toxins, especially heavy metals, and rid them from the body. A truly undervalued herb in our current world.
Known also as 'alehoof', this was once a common ingredient in beer making.