saffron harvest in Navelli, a small hilltop commune in the province of L’Aquila in the Abruzzo region of Italy ⛰ since starting SB, I’ve been pretty amazed at the amount of real interest that currently exists to go far back & connect to a deeper sense of heritage than what many of us have been left to work with. the most common questions I’ve always received are about about ancestral plants of Italy, Sicily, and Sardinia~ who they are, how to connect with them, folk magic & medicine practices including them, etc. The list of cookbooks, plant medicine references, and other various literature I would suggest got lengthy, often lacked the specificity were seeking, and was ultimately incomplete in many ways. So I’ve been working on an ancestral materia medica of sorts ~ a compendium of origin stories & ancient transitions of our ancestral foods and medicinal plants, some native & and many others introduced by the various invaders ~ which have been inextricably woven into the fabric of our history. I was originally planning to put it on my website .. but it’s practically a book (you know what season it is) so I’m thinking emailing the pdf to those interested might be the move. I’ll be finishing it up this week, peep my stories and drop your email there if you’d like to receive it 🤍🏺⚗️📝 ps ~ if we’ve been talking about this & youve already sent your email, I’ve got you on my list.
pss ~ for those asking if they can tip, I will include ways to do so in the resource 🌹
Photos by Susan Wright from @nytimestravel