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Ethnobotanical trail - edible plants

Wild herbs offer a well of possibilities for those who have the patience to get to know them. On the ethnobotanical trails you can learn about the properties of wild plants and how they were used by people in the valley on. The one in Pied du Col focalises on edible plants.

 

Sometimes you don’t have to go far to find what you need. A corner full of weeds can be as good as a pantry. Some plants we pull up are more nutritious and savoury than those we grow in our vegetable gardens. For instance, nettles and Good-King-Henry contain far more minerals than spinach.

In the old days, people picked because they had to. The poorest had the broadest repertoire. Today some great cooks particularly favour a little plant that was called “manure herb” when just a few years ago those who ate it were ashamed to admit it. Soup was the basis of the mountain farmers’ diet. Mostly it was made with potatoes and a few seasonal herbs. If it was too bland, a couple of leaves of the powerful “Maggi-herb”, which got its name from the stock cubes, would do the trick. In spring, baby leaves of various kinds awakened the taste buds.

The second ethnobotanical trail, in La Grave, focalises on medicinal plants.

 

Overtures :

From 01/05 to 31/10.
From May to October, depending on weather and snow conditions.

 

 

Achillée millefeuille - © J. Selberg

En face du gîte 'Le Pas de l'Ane'
Lieu-dit Arsine
Villar d'Arène
Le départ du sentier ethnobotanique du Pied du Col se trouve près du camping municipal d'Arsine.

 

Phone : 04 76 79 90 05

Promenade découverte « Plantes comestibles et médicinales »

Guided walk, open to all, to discover the uses and malicious tricks of mountain plants

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Le GR54 de La Grave à Arsine

La vue sur le glacier du Tabuchet et la Meije depuis le départ du chemin - © Elodie Lefebvre

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Le GR54 de La Grave à Arsine

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Ethnobotanical trail - Medicinal plants

Fleurs de ciboulette sur le sentier ethnobotanique de La Grave

La Grave

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Ethnobotanical trail - Medicinal plants

Wild plants offer many possibilities for those who have the patience to get to know them. The ethnobotanical trail of medicinal plants will introduce you to plants used in the past and those which can still be used.

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Ethnobotanical trail - Medicinal plants

Fleurs de ciboulette sur le sentier ethnobotanique de La Grave

La Grave

04 76 79 90 05

Ethnobotanical trail - Medicinal plants

Wild plants offer many possibilities for those who have the patience to get to know them. The ethnobotanical trail of medicinal plants will introduce you to plants used in the past and those which can still be used.

See more