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…

His Majesty The Basil – Sua Maestà il Basilico (dual language)

His Majesty The Basil- Sua Maestà il Basilico (by MR, AO, CH): The most Regal/Royal among the herbs…and maybe the most aromatic one as well! The name of this aromatic plant comes from the ancient Greek basilikon that means “Herb worthy of a king”. This plant has ancient origins, it was already renowned among Romans…

Healing Sage (dual language)

Healing Sage (by MR, AO):  This humble aromatic herb grows well on dry and rocky soil and it’s abundant in the Mediterranean area. Like Rosemary, Sage is cultivated in every Italian region, called SALVIA in italian , and  it is very popular for cooking.  Beside the kitchen, Sage also is a herb with incredible virtues….

Rosemary: Herbal Remedy

Rosemary: Herbal Remedy (by MR, AO, CH) Arrosto & Rosmarino: I may be taking away some romance but, every time I cut a sprig of Rosemary, my mind goes directly to my grandmother and her unforgettable roast meat (arrosto)  with potatoes. Here and there a few Rosemary leaves gave her dish the unmistakable aroma. So…