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Cichorium intybus

Wild Chicory – Chicorée sauvage Wild Chicory, in summer, is a very common plant here in Provence and very easily recognisable with its bright blue flower-heads.   It is sometimes slightly hairy with branched stems, height 30-100 cm.  The basal … Continue reading

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Borago officinalis (Borage)

Borage – Bourrache Borago officinalis,  through the ages,  has been considered to be a herb to lighten the spirits, to dispel melancholy and to give courage.  According to Dioscorides (40-90AD) and Pliny (23-79AD), Borage was the famous ‘Nepenthe’ of Homer, … Continue reading

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Silybum marianum

Milk Thistle – Chardon Marie It is a native to Southern Europe through to Asia and has been introduced to other parts of the world.  Although most farmers in Northern Europe consider the Milk Thistle a pest and try to … 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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