Apple Scent – Profumo di Mela (dual language)

Apple Scent – Profumo di Mela (EN) Scent of apple pie, sugar and cinnamon. Memories of festive atmospheres, my mother and grandmother at home, women gathered around the kitchen table, kneading and chatting … and the heart warming aroma of baked apples rising from the oven. For me, the scent of the Apples awakes memories…

Blackberries: black pearls from the woods(dual language article)

(EN) (by Marì & Violante R.)  Blackberries: black pearls from the woods : How delicious blackberries are!  Sweet fruits of late summer. Being quite difficult to preserve, it is not easy to find them in stores.  It’s a pity, they are so good! Where can we find these delicious berries? Nothing easier here in Tuscany…

Linden Tree – Tiglio (dual language)

(EN) Linden Tree: The Scented One (by Marì R) I was in my garden, hydrangeas in full bloom, reading one of the books from The Lord of the Rings. My nose into the pages, thanks to Tolkien’s powerful writing, I was transported with Frodo, one of his characters, walking with him into the Lorien woods….

Cheerful Lemon – L’Allegro Limone (dual language article)

 (EN) Cheerful Lemon: Theory & Practice : Yellow is a splash of energy and the colour of Summer and Lemons. I love lemons and even though I am not so lucky to have easy access to the wonderful huge ones from the Amalfi Coast, I still can find and use very good quality organic lemons…

Vitamin-rich Rose Hip (dual language)

(EN) Rose Hip – Rosa canina is one of the key elements for the Essere-Bio-Spa products by Essere-per-te, Un Laboratorio tra le Colline. There are five distinct species of this rose: dog rose (Rosa canina), field rose (Rosa arvensis), sweet briar (Rosa rubiginosa), burnet rose (Rosa spinosissima), and downy rose (Rosa villosa). The Etruscan Herbarium…

Salt: Secrets & Benefits (dual language)

Salt: Secrets & Benefits (EN): Pink, Red, white, gray, whole, refined, iodized, coming from Sicily or from the exotic Himalaya, whatever the type or the origin, Salt can be a powerful ally or a strong enemy for our organism. Sal maris, Latin for Salt from the sea, was used in Tuscany since old times and right…

SANSEPOLCRO: A sensory experience (dual language)

(EN) SANSEPOLCRO: A sensory experience ( by Mari’ Regoli )  –  It is a clear warm day, spring like you may say, perfect for a sensory experience. Chiara and I are driving towards Sansepolcro a small town close to Arezzo. Here at the beginning of the 15th century, Master Piero della Francesca, the great painter,…

Capperi & Capers (dual language article)

(EN) Capperi & Capers: A very unique lady from Milan (as we say in Italian: una Milanese) living in Tuscany, made me laugh until I had tears in my eyes with her descriptions of how many times she had tried, in vain, to grow capers in her Tuscan garden. She tried everything not least, if…

Melagrana o Melograno? Symbols, Legends and Wellness tips (dual language)

(By Mari Regoli & Camilla Nicoletti) Melagrana o Melograno? Symbols, Legends and Wellness tips – Pomegranates are typically seasonal fruits commonly found in Italy during the cold season and they’re amongst the healthiest fruits on Earth. In Italian Melograno or Melagrana are both correct versions according to the Accademia della Crusca’s Vocabulary. With its name,…

Juniper : the prickly one with the beautiful berries (dual language)

Juniper (Juniperus communis) is an evergreen plant very common in Tuscany; woods in Chianti are full of it. If you want to start searching for twigs or berries, you better wear heavy-duty gloves, because its countless leaves are really prickly. Juniper berries ripen in late autumn, turning dark blue and becoming more visible among the light green…