by AgroWeb on April 7, 2017

Magic Benefits of Juniper Tea

Juniper is a short to medium-height tree that grows wild in some parts of Europe, and especially Albania. There are many varieties of juniper, but Juniperus communis is the most common. Alternative medicine uses the juniper berry to make medicine. Juniper is used for digestion problems including upset stomach, intestinal gas, heartburn, bloating, and loss of appetite, as well as gastrointestinal...

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 May 3, 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 22, 2017

Medicinal Oils, Albania’s vanished tradition

Hundreds of hectares of land used for the cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants make Albania leader in production and export of these natural riches. The sector of medicinal and aromatic plants generates about 18 million Euros from exports. It ranks as Albania’s second largest sector in terms of agricultural exports accounting for 19% of the country’s total exports. The need ...

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 May 4, 2017

Cardoon - The Medicinal Wild Artichoke

Cardoon, Cynara cardunculus, is perennial herbaceous plant of the Asteraceae family usually with violet or purple flowers. It is native to Central and Western Mediterranean region where it has been domesticated in ancient times. Buds, stem, leaf stalks, young leaves and root are the edible portions of this plant. Cardoon is also known as Cardone, Artichoke thistle, Cardo, Cardoni, Cardi or Carduni...

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 April 6, 2017

Sage Honey - The Supremely Healthy Combination

Sage. One of the best culinary herbs and one of the herbs people have easy access to no matter where they are in Albania Salvia officinalis – even the Latin name gives us an idea of the respect this Mediterranean beauty has earned. Salvia in Latin derives from the word salvere which means, “to save.” Historically, it has been used in many ways from a facial toner to a plague ...

by AgroWeb on April 13, 2017

The Wonderful Benefits of Milk Thistle

Milk thistle is a flowering plant that belongs to the daisy family. It contains milky sap, which has an active ingredient responsible for the plant’s health benefits – it is said to treat chronic liver ailments and detoxify the liver. Milk thistle extract, made from the seeds of the milk thistle plant, is obtained from the seeds and aids detoxification by acting as a liver tonic while...

by AgroWeb on April 11, 2017

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 March 18, 2017

Daisy - Medicinal Uses and Benefits

Daisy is native to Europe and western Asia, but has now been naturalize in many parts of the globe. Albania’s fields are full of lovely daisy flowers and recently they have been part of Albanian culinary. Daisy prefers moist and nutritious soil. It can be found growing in lawns, parks and pastures, as well as in meadows, roadsides and cemeteries. Daisy is often regarded as invasive as well ...

by AgroWeb on April 28, 2017

Horseradish - The golden natural antibiotic

Horseradish is a highly popular spice that has been in the culinary and medicinal repertoire of some parts of the Eastern and a greater part of the Western world since ancient times. A moderately-sized perennial plant, member of the Brassicaceae family, which also includes mustard, wasabi, broccoli, and cabbage. It is generally known for its pungent root, which has long been employed as both a ...

by AgroWeb on November 5, 2016

Secrets of Cilantro-Coriander

Cilantro or coriander? Are those the names of the same species or different? Somehow at least in Russian and in English, both names can be found in the recipes and often cause confusion. Just to clarify: cilantro is basically the green parts of the plant that resembles parsley. Coriander is the name of the seeds of the same plant, which are often used as an aromatic spice in curry and meat dishes...

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 April 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 March 3, 2017

The medical power of lilac extract oil for human health

Lilacs are frequently considered a harbinger of spring with the time of their bloom signaling whether spring will be early or late. In the language of flowers, purple lilacs symbolize the first emotions of love, while white lilacs represent youthful innocence. The story of lilac, according to Greek mythology, begins with a beautiful nymph named Syringa (lilac's botanical name). Captivated by her ...

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 May 12, 2017

Get to know the amazing properties of Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm was dedicated to the goddess Diana, and used medicinally by the Greeks some 2,000 years ago. In the Middles Ages lemon balm or melissa officinalis was used to soothe tension, to dress wounds, and as a cure for toothache, skin eruptions, mad dog bites, crooked necks, and sickness during pregnancy. It was even said to prevent baldness. As a medicinal plant, lemon balm has traditionally ...

by AgroWeb on March 31, 2017

Geranium - Health benefits of Garden’s Queen

Geranium is also known in Albania as Garden’s Queen. One of the most wonderful species of geranium family, Gernanium dalmaticum is a summer flowering plant native to South-western ex-Yugoslavia and Albania. Some of the most interesting health benefits of geranium include its ability to reduce inflammation, improve kidney health, relieve pain, lower stress levels, strengthen the immune ...

by AgroWeb on March 2, 2017

Licorice - The Natural Herb 50 Times Sweeter than Honey

The scientific name for licorice root, Glycyrrhiza, comes from Old Greek “glukos” which means sweet and “riza” which means root. This “sweet root” contains glycyrrhizin, a compound that can be up to 50 times sweeter than sugar. So it’s not surprising that when many people think of licorice, they think of the confectionery by the same the name. However, ...

by AgroWeb on August 8, 2016

Albanian Oregano - The Effective Antioxidant

It has been recognized for its aromatic properties since ancient times, with the Greeks and Romans holding oregano as a symbol of joy and happiness. In fact, it was a tradition for Greek and Roman brides and grooms to be crowned with a laurel of oregano. Oregano, whose name means "mountain joy” is available throughout the year in Albania. Oregano is native to northern Europe, although ...

by AgroWeb on April 7, 2017

Basil - One Miraculous Green Mediterranean Plant

Sweet basil is one of the most popular Mediterranean herbs grown for its culinary and medicinal values since ancient times. It has delicate sweet-flavor, and subtle pungent and spicy) taste, comparatively gentler than oregano. It was used by ancient Illyrians and Greeks to make wreaths and garlands and was believed as a symbol of peace, harmony and happiness. Sweet basil is native all over the ...

by AgroWeb on November 16, 2016

Gentiana - Named Illyrian, Born Albanian, Grown Worldwide

Gentian is a bitter herb that comes from yellow gentian plants, or Gentiana lutea. Native from southern and eastern Europe, Gentiana Lutea can be found on calcareous mountains from 1000 m. high. Its name derives from "Genti", King of Illyria - the Adriatic region where the Indo-European language originated and land of modern Albania. It seems that Illyrians were the first people to have ...

by AgroWeb on March 30, 2017

The Rich Blue Flowers of Mediterranean Fields

Cornflower is grown wild in the grain fields of Mediterranean and Southern Europe. It often grows as a weed in the fields of rye, wheat, oats and barley and hence its name. Cornflower or cyan is an annual flowering plant, bearing rich blue flower, which has a charm of its own. It belongs to the daisy family of Asteraceae. This flower is nicknamed “cornflower” and is native to Europe....

by AgroWeb on January 19, 2017

The Marvelous Heather of Albanian Mountains

Heather is widespread in temperate areas throughout the northern hemisphere, especially in Mediterranean Europe. It prefers mildly acidic soils and thrives best when it has good exposure to sunlight, making Albania a natural birthplace of heather. The heather plant is noted for decorative and pleasing pink flowers that are sometimes used for ornamental purposes. The plant is an evergreen ...

by AgroWeb on May 27, 2016

Albanian Medicinal Herbs lead US and EU exports

Be it sage, lavender, oregano, helichrysum italicum or rosemary – Albania is an important player on the American and European medicinal herb and spice market by being world’s largest exporter of sage and one of the leading exporters of medicinal herbs in Europe. Annually exports of medicinal herbs are estimated to account for between $27-28 million. While more than 100,000 families are...

by AgroWeb on November 19, 2016

Mallow - Albanian Nature Heritage

Spring is all about greens. 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 ...

by AgroWeb on May 10, 2016

Cayenne Peppers - Growing Red Hot in Albanian Balconies

Cayenne peppers remain one of the most favorite products in Albanian cuisine. Albanians like mirchi because it makes their meals spicy and delicious. We hate it when we cook the cayenne pepper and then by mistake touch our eyes which is a burning feeling that you can hardly escape. Regardless of the incidents, cayenne pepper has several nutritional values that are worth the while. The health ...

by AgroWeb on May 7, 2016

Eucalyptus – The Glorious Health Benefits

Eucalyptus actually refers to a large genus of flowering trees. In the 1960s and 1970s, many eucalyptus trees were planted in Albania to diversify the local tree range and it served to raise the popularity of such trees in our country. Since then, Albanians came to directly benefit from the natural advantages eucalyptus offers, even though the name remained a difficult one to spell. Older ...