from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A process in making perfume in which odorless fats or oils absorb the fragrance of fresh flowers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The process of extracting fragrance from flowers by using unscented fats to capture the essential oils.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A process of extracting perfumes by exposing absorbents, as fixed oils or fats, to the exhalations of the flowers. It is used for plants whose volatile oils are too delicate to be separated by distillation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The process of extracting delicate perfumes from flowers by the agency of inodorous fats.
Also, the resistance which the fat content of the bean offers to the wetting of the coffee, and the persistency of the "enfleurage" action of the fat in retaining the caffeol, are less with hot than with cold water.
The first modern-day distillation of essential oil was performed by the Persian philosopher Avicenna (980-1037 A.D.) who extracted the essence of rose petals through the 'enfleurage' process.
In enfleurage, petals are laid out on trays of fat, where they are allowed to remain until the fat has absorbed most of the fragrance.
It was then and there that she decided to resort to enfleurage, the old process, the method her Papa had used.
Tea readily absorbs the aroma of the flowers, and so this process is much like enfleurage with tea instead of fat; and withouth the alcohol washing in the end, of course!
The process is very similar to enfleurage, only it is tea leaves that soak the fragrance of the flowers, rather than animal fat.
Image credit: Frankincense tree from enfleurage.com posted by Marina Geigert
With hot enfleurage only the first part of the preparation is different.
In cold enfleurage large horizontal plates of thick framed glass are smothered with purified animal fat to the thickness of the frame and allowed to settle.
Both cold and hot enfleurage preparations can be performed at home and with diligence and easy access to the required raw plant yield good results.