Category Archives: Infusions

Bellis perennis

Daisy – Pâquerette Here in Provence the first Daisies have come up.  They stay more or less all through the winter till spring.  The flower is made up of white ray florets and yellow disc flowers.  Each little yellow bit … Continue reading

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Olea europaea

Olive blossom – Fleurs d’Olivier After reading an article by Barbara Wilde, http://www.frenchgardening.com, describing a walk on the old olive terraces around Goult, we were inspired and although it is over two hours driving from where we live, we felt … Continue reading

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Sambucus nigra

Elderberry – Sureau noir – Sambucus nigra When you are driving around in May and you see a small tree or large shrub, covered in blossom, it is most likely to be an Elderberry. It is native to Europe, North … Continue reading

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Cytisus or Ulex

Broom – Genêt   There is much confusion among people about what is Broom and what is Gorse and which one is edible.  They are closely related, but where foraging is concerned it is quite important to make the distinction … Continue reading

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Blossom

In Provence, you feel winter is over when the first Almond blossoms appear, on the coast around the end of January and with us,  about 2-3 weeks later.  This is followed in early spring by the blossom of the Blackthorn, … Continue reading

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Thymus vulgaris

Thyme – Thym Thyme grows in dry, rocky places.  It is a native to Spain, southern France and Italy.  Next to Rosemary, Thyme is the most common herb in our area.  Thyme has been, and still is, an important culinary … Continue reading

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Hepatica nobilis

Liverwort/Liverleaf  – Anémone hépatique The flowers of the Liverwort are exquisite.  It is one of the first plants of the year to flower.  The sepals vary in colour from blue to purple, pink and even white, but most commonly they are … Continue reading

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Urtica

Urtica (Stinging Nettles).  It is the sting of the nettle that stays with us from childhood that perhaps renders this plant so unattractive.  Yet, nutritionally, it is even richer in minerals and vitamins than spinach and broccoli and is one … Continue reading

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