A forager’s dream: tasty plants Sicilians still eat
From the disinfectant properties of mint to the digestive ones of prickly pear peels, the use of vegetables as natural remedies was often practiced by our ancestors
Mint or lesser calamint leaves to disinfect hands, sage to clean the oral cavity and thyme infusions to relieve a sore throat, are some of the edible and healthy plant species that phytoalimurgia also calls ʻplants of necessityʼ and that you can find in Sicily by walking through the countryside or the woods just outside urban centers. CONVENTIONAL WISDOM. “All over Sicily there are 200 plants that you can eat and from which comes the country cousine. They are called ʻplants of necessityʼ ‒ explained the ethno-anthropologist Paolino Uccello ‒ and, as our ancestors knew well, they are very useful.…
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