Edible spontaneous plants of the Po Plain - Botanical and cooking details
Besides the botanical, environmental, morphological, and historical
relevance, "Erbe in tavola" promotes the easy identification of each
plant by people who do not know them, while the appendix dedicated to
the cuisine gives the opportunity to go from botany to taste.
the Sorrel to the common Nettle, from the Watercress to the Aquatic
Mint, and again Rampion, Valerian, Black Mustard, Watercress, Old Man's
Beard: there are 50 plants described and photographed (but more than
two hundred varieties have been quoted) growing in the meadows, on the
shores, on the stretches of water, and which with their presence tell
the tale of the landscape of the Po Plain, where the Parks of Mincio
and Oglio are situated.
Taken from the presentation:
world of plants has inspired symbols, legends, proverbs, poems, and
customs giving life to a parallel universe, but at the same time it has
been subject to a pregnant reality of food and medicine.
This world is therefore described in many ways.
go over flowers, plants, trees from this point of view, as well as to
understand how vegetables or legumes are cultivated or spontaneously
grow, might be useful to revisit our history, our cultural background
going from the ingenuous rural proverb to poetry, to the magical use,
to the alimentary and medicinal function of herbs.Parco del Mincio
and Parco dell'Oglio Sud
, with the support of the Province of Cremona and Consorzio Agrituristico Verdi Terre d'Acqua
have decided to publish this guidebook which, with the "pretext" to
remind ancient recipes, leads us to know unusual plants, which are
nowadays marginal and often neglected, tells us about their ancient use
by making them resurface from the depth of the culture of our plain,
and warning us that some of them were once abundant, while today they
are rare and protected by regional laws.
Protecting nature and
giving back dignity and value to degraded areas, spreading the
knowledge of the environments and of the ecosystems, of the vegetables
and animals still existing is an institutional task and one of the main
ones of Parks, which must do everything they can to reach this aim.
the publication of a book of old 'recipes', when they are presented
with skill and scientific rigor, can be useful to improve the
- Author/s: Giorgio Persico - Gianna Carra
- Publisher: Tre Lune edizioni