by AgroWeb on March 3, 2017

Growing saffron in Albania, doubts and benefits

Saffron is one of the most expensive spices in the world. It’s cultivation has also high costs. This plant is being grown in Albania in small almost experimental amounts. An Italian-Albanian enterprise has undertaken the initiative of growing saffron under the “Zafferano di Dumre” label. The spice is being grown in the an area of 3 acres in Dëshiran, Belsh, Elbasan County...

by AgroWeb on February 28, 2017

Albanian Mountain Tea in the Red Book of endangered species

Albania faces the highest rate of biodiversity loss in Europe. According to a UNDP report on Ecosystem Management in the Prespa Lake Basin the most endangered plant is Albanian Mountain Tea, Sideritis raeseri. The List of Protected Species of Flora in Albania, defines the status of endangered plant species in Albania. Sideritis raeseri is part of the list and considered as endangered species due ...

by AgroWeb on March 11, 2017

Albanian orchid in the red book of plants at risk of extinction

Albania’s suitable climate conditions enable some of its districts to collect several herbal and aromatic plants that are highly demanded in international markets. Albania is currently among key countries in the Mediterranean part of Europe involved in the export of medicinal and aromatic plants that include sage, oregano, mountain tea, wild apple, wild rose, primrose, elder, nettle, poppy, ...

by AgroWeb on February 20, 2017

Surprising Facts to Know about Dandelion Tea

Dandelion is used for the treatment of muscle aches, loss of appetite, upset stomach, intestinal gas, gallstones, joint pain, eczema and bruises. It also increases urine production and serves as a laxative to increase bowel movements. Some people use dandelion to treat infection, especially viral infections and even cancer. It’s also used as a skin toner, blood tonic and digestive tonic...

by AgroWeb on March 6, 2017

The Albanian Special Wild Thyme

The Wild Thyme is indigenous to the greater part of the dry land of Albania, though is a great deal less abundant than the Common Thyme so widely cultivated. It is found up to a certain height in the North, and in valleys, along ditches and roads, on rocks, in barren and dry soil, and also in damp clay soil destitute of chalk. It is seen in old stony, abandoned fields, dried-up lawns and on ...

by AgroWeb on March 13, 2017

Motherwort - The Scope of Albanian Leonurus Cardiaca

Since ancient times, motherwort has been used to treat palpitations and rapid heartbeat, especially when associated with anxiety. The ancient Greeks and Romans honored it for a remedy for both physical and emotional heart distresses. The botanical name – Leonurus cardiaca – describes the plant's appearance and indicates medicinal uses. Leonurus, the genus name, means “lion&rsquo...

by AgroWeb on March 16, 2017

Growing Herb Plants Together: Best Herbs To Grow Together In A Pot

Having your own herb garden is a thing of beauty. There’s nothing better than fresh herbs to enliven even the blandest dish, but not everyone has garden space for an herb garden. Luckily, most herbs do very well grown together in containers. Mixing herbs in a pot isn’t as easy as it sounds, however. There are some general rules of thumb when growing herb plants together. Read on this ...

by AgroWeb on January 28, 2017

Red Centaury - The Ancient Medicinal Herb of Illyrian Lands

Of all the bitter appetizing herbs which grow in our fields and hedgerows, and which serve as excellent simple tonics, the Centaury, particularly its white flowered variety, belonging to the Gentian order of plants, is the most efficacious. It shares in an abundant measure the restorative antiseptic virtues of the Field Gentian. Because it belongs to the same order of plants as Gentiana Lutea, ...

by AgroWeb on January 11, 2017

Albanian Lavender - The Purple Magic of Medicinal Herbs Export

“Every taste, every smell tells a tale,”goes an old English saying. Indeed. Smells get always related to special memories, particular places, and reminisce dear yet nostalgic times. Does any scent of Albania really exist? The famous myrtle flower aroma, which has always featured in traditional songs, poems and history books? The soft and distinctive laurel scent? The calming and ...

by AgroWeb on January 11, 2017

Wood Avens introduces superior benefits to Humans

Wood Avens botanically known, as Geum urbanum, is a perennial plant used in medicinal herbal medicine and folklore culture. The avens is native to mainland Europe as well as to Albania in its wild form. Its root when freshly dug has a strong smell of cloves, and this is the reason for its genus name Geum, which basically means something with a fragrant aroma. The herbal plant is a family member ...

by AgroWeb on December 28, 2016

5 herbal spice ancient blends to make and use

Throughout human history, herbal spice blends have been the stuff of legend, wars, and poetry, they have served as valuable currency, and in medieval times were the driving force behind world exploration. These aromatic herbs have crisscrossed national and cultural boundaries over and over again as those who cook (and those who eat) have created rich local cuisines and family recipes to be passed ...

by AgroWeb on January 10, 2017

How to make homemade Fire Cider

Fire cider is a traditional immune-supporting remedy with deep roots in folk medicine. At its most basic, it’s a zesty infused vinegar, packed with powerful immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and circulatory herbs. The addition of hot peppers and a little local honey makes it both spicy and sweet, hence the name. You can use homemade fire cider in a few ways&...

by AgroWeb on December 21, 2016

Yarrow - Achillea Millefolium - Values and Benefits

Achillea millefolium, or yarrow, originates from Europe and Albania is one of the historic birthplaces since ancient times. The word "Achillea" refers to Achilles, the Greek hero. Greek myth had it that Achilles painted himself, with a tincture of yarrow to make himself invulnerable to arrows, everywhere on his body except his heel. "Millefolium" means "coming of a ...

by AgroWeb on January 25, 2017

Different plants, Same Name. The Secrets of Anise

 I always thought that the beautiful star shaped spice is what they make Greek ouzo and French Absinth from, especially since it was called anise, basically in all languages I know. However, I recently discovered that there are in fact two different plants that go by this same name. One of them is a pretty eight-pointed star shaped seedpod that houses shiny amber-colored seeds, with a name ...

by AgroWeb on January 3, 2017

Infusing extra virgin olive oils in simple steps

Herb-infused olive oil is fantastic for making a special salad dressing, drizzling over a dish of pasta, or simply as an appetizer with chunks of great artisan bread. Making it yourself is super easy - and can make a great DIY gift to share with your friends! Start with the best ingredients you can find or afford. Using good quality olive oil, fresh herbs, and organic ingredients will give you a...

by AgroWeb on December 24, 2016

Capers - The nutritional powerhouse of vigor

You can find capers in the condiments aisle of most grocery stores, where they're usually sold pre-brined in salt or an acidic solution. The caper is the un-opened flower bud used for centuries in Mediterranean cuisine, where it imparts a salty tang and decorative flair to a variety of meats, salads, pastas and other foods. The plant is native to the Mediterranean, and grows in warm humid ...

by AgroWeb on December 10, 2016

Travelling across colorful Albanian spices and herbs

The history of spices is a fascinating one. Some of you may know that the humankind has travelled thousands of miles in search of a specific spice variety, used spices to cure diseases and even started wars over it. Remember, Christopher Columbus who went in search of India and discovered instead what was later to be named America? Well, he was searching for pepper. Not precious metals or stones, ...

by AgroWeb on February 19, 2017

Albanian Spruce - Better for tea than for Christmas tree

You can make spruce tea year-round, and the needles you use will influence the taste of the tea: young, light green spruce tips will yield a light, slightly lemony flavor, while mature needles harvested during the winter will create a stronger, slightly more bitter tea. If you’re harvesting the needles in wintertime, try to choose the ones that are the lightest green, as those will be the ...

by AgroWeb on March 26, 2017

How to Make Herbal Vinegars

When you think of vinegar you probably think of salads. You probably don’t think of it as having any therapeutic properties, but when herbs are added to naturally-created vinegar like apple cider vinegar, the herbs add big flavor and transfer their potent healing abilities to the vinegar. And, with the wide range of edible herbs, you can enjoy an unlimited assortment of herbal vinegars as ...

by AgroWeb on March 5, 2017

Making Your Own Herbal Teas

Albania grows many herbs that can be used for a variety of things. From a sustainability standpoint, herbs are one of the easiest plants to produce. Many of the herbs grown in the country are perennials and will produce for many years. We use our herbs fresh and also dry them for future use and as a way to save money. They are used for cooking, and also for use in making herbal teas or just as...

by AgroWeb on January 23, 2017

Linden Tea - The Traditional Albanian Herbal Remedy

In ancient times, people described the linden tree as the storage of the warming rays of the sun. The leaves of this tree grow starting from beginning of spring until summer (mainly from June to July.) Linden flowers grow in bushes, forests in mountain sides and in particular close to the oak and beech trees. Linden trees mostly grow in the cities of Peshkopia, Elbasan and Tirana. They grow ...

by AgroWeb on January 28, 2017

Surprising Health Benefits of Sage Essential Oil

Sage Essential Oil is extraordinary as it acts as an antifungal, antimicrobial, antioxidant and stimulates the human body. Sage, is a well-known and frequently heard name in the world of cosmetics, particularly in the field of skin care. Innumerable beauty treatment products claim that they contain the oil of sage, which is actually sage essential oil. Health Benefits of Sage Essential Oil This ...

by AgroWeb on December 27, 2016

Purslane - A Nutritious and Edible Albanian Green

The minute you look at purslane, you can tell that it wants you to eat it. The plump leaves and stems give an obvious invitation. It's a sturdy one, growing in huge patches at the edges of yards and meadows, a treasure to urban foragers. AgroWeb brings you purslane facts and purslane recipes to bolster your appreciation of this virtuous wild plant. The botanic name for purslane is Portulaca ...

by AgroWeb on January 4, 2017

The Magical Power of Albanian Red Oregano

As part of our fall series on the healing powers of herbs, AgroWeb’s this week’s focus is on red oregano! Oregano means “mountain joy” and is a wonderfully aromatic, flavorful herb popularly used in Spanish and Mediterranean cooking. Oregano adds depth and savor to any dish, but goes particularly well with tomatoes, eggplant, and any meat. Sprinkle some in your scrambled ...

by AgroWeb on September 21, 2016

Hot Stinging Nettles - The Ancient Living Remedy

Its first touch burns, but regardless of that burning feeling you will not be able to give it up. We are talking about Stinging Nettles which have been used for centuries to treat allergy symptoms, particularly hay fever which is the most common allergy problem. Nettles are so good that they make the local pharmacy go bankrupt. Jokes aside, we all know that prescription medications for allergies ...

by AgroWeb on March 8, 2017

Mallow - Real Albanian Nature Heritage

Foraging for edible wild greens seems like a new trend but in rural Albania it has been a strong tradition for ages. Anything edible in the wild has long been discovered in this land of plenty. One of the marvels of the edible wild world has to be malva sylvestris. Common mallow is one of the edible greens that grow in every corner of Albania. It is a lovely green and often not appreciated ...

by AgroWeb on March 20, 2017

The Surprising Deeds of Parsley Essential Oil

Parsley is a versatile culinary herb, which is used to add the mild flavor in the dishes. Parsley is an inherent to the Mediterranean region, as well as in Albania. Parsley oil is extracted from the roots, seeds and leaves of the plant. The color of the parsley oil is very pale yellow or colorless with a bitter scent. Health Benefits of Parsley Essential Oil Parsley essential oil possess anti-...

by AgroWeb on September 22, 2016

Health Benefits of Foxglove Spires

Commonly known foxgloves, the genus Digitalis consists of more than 20 perennial flowering species that come in the form of bushes or small flowering plants. This useful plant is native to certain parts of Europe, as well as in Albania, but can also be found throughout different countries of the world. The flowers of foxgloves are quite recognizable, and are commonly compared to human fingers, and...

by AgroWeb on March 26, 2017

How to grow Rosemary At Home

Fragrant, delicious rosemary is a wonderful herb to grow on your own, either indoors in a pot or outside in your garden. Rosemary is generally not hard to grow, and once it taken root, this perennial, woody shrub will thrive for years. Read on to learn how to plant, care for, and harvest rosemary. 1.Get a rosemary cutting. Rosemary is easiest to grow from a cutting, rather than planting seeds. Go...

by AgroWeb on October 19, 2016

Difference Between Organic Medicines and Herbal Medicines

There is good deal of confusion that the term “herbal medicine” actually means “organic medicine”. Recently in Albania doctors keep recommending herbal medicine. But what does it mean? According to an estimate by the World Health Organization, about 4 billion people around the world use herbal medicines for their primary healthcare needs. Does this mean that all 4 billion ...