Aceto & Rosmarino – Le Ricette della nonna, la mia (dual language)

Aceto & Rosmarino – Le Ricette della nonna, la mia (IT) Inspiro l’odore pungente dell’aceto seguito dall’aroma del Rosmarino e, improvvisamente, sono trasportata nella cucina di mia nonna. I suoi occhi verde giada concentrati su qualcosa che sta cucinando, i suoi capelli lisci perfetti, tagliati a caschetto, una specie di attrice del cinema in bianco…

Legends & Wellness Secrets from Tuscan Woods (dual language)

(IT) Il Corbezzolo: Leggende e Segreti di Benessere dai Boschi Toscani (by Marì R.) – Passeggiando per i boschi autunnali calmi e stanchi dopo l’estate, tra il verde scuro dei lecci ed il verde-giallo delle foglie delle querce pronte a cadere, si possono facilmente individuare delle chiazze di verde brillante punteggiate di bianco e rosso….

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….

Etruscan Herbarium

Etruscan Herbarium: More than 2000 years ago, Etruria’s woods were rich in trees, plants and medicinal herbs, real sources of healing remedies. All around Viterbo there were thick forests all the way up to Perugia. Greek authors mention Etruscans’ ability in making magic potions as well as their fame as “fabbricatori di farmaci” –drug makers…

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…

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…