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Ficus carica

Common Fig/Le Figuier  Taking my dog for his daily walks, I pass five wild fig trees, all of them fruiting at the moment.  I press the fruits to see if they are ripe and eat them as I go along … 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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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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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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Rosmarinus officinalis

Rosemary – Rosmarin There is no herb more abundant in the Mediterranean region than Rosemary, it grows everywhere.  You do not have to go far to pick some sprigs for your Sunday roast.  The Latin name for Rosemary is ‘Ros … Continue reading

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Taraxacum officinale

Dandelion – Pissenlit Traditionally Dandelion and Nettles are the two herbs used in spring to give our internal system a boost, following the winter period when one tends to have eaten heavier food .   In folk medicine a lot … Continue reading

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Calendula arvensis

Field Marigold – Souci des champs When I was walking the dog a few days ago, I came across several patches of Calendula arvensis (Field Marigold).  The Field Marigold usually flowers in early spring, beginning of January is very early.  It … Continue reading

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Cardamine hirsuta

Hairy Bittercress – Cardamine hérissée   Cardamine hirsuta (Hairy Bittercress) is considered by most gardeners a pest.  They may change their minds once they have tasted the leaves.   Hairy Bittercress has a delicious, peppery, tangy flavour, quite similar to … Continue reading

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Diplotaxis erucoides

False Rocket – Fausse Roquette The name Diplotaxis comes from Greek, diplos meaning double, taxis meaning row, referring to the seeds arranged in two rows in each fruit capsule.  It is such a common plant here in the south of … Continue reading

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