The Poppy ‘U Pampasgiolu’ as a medicinal plant

Corsica Guide coquelicotThe poppy (Papaver rhoeas) also called corn-poppy or red poppy, is a dicotyledonous plant belonging to the dicotyledonous/poppy family. In Europe over the month of April, they are very abundant in fields, along the roadsides and waste grounds. The petals of the flower are used.

Taken as an infusion: calms coughs and bronchitis. Also can be used against insomnia, asthma, angina and stomach aches.
External use: eye disease, dental abscesses and dry skin.
Infusion: a pinch of flowers in a cup of boiling water; allow to infuse for 10m, drinking 3 cups per day.
Poppy cordial: 400g flowers in 1L boiling water, filter and add 1.4kg of sugar, cook until it thickens, then allow to infuse for 12h in a covered container.
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Beignets: Courgettes Flowers

As we’re right in the season to indulge as much as possible in courgettes, here’s an easy and promising short recipe that I think will interest all the vegetable lovers, and hopefully the rest of you too
Bon appetitu !
                                                              Corsica Guide Beignets de courgettes-fleurs
Serves 6


– 12 small courgettes (with their flowers)
– 1 dl beer
– 1 dl water
– 2 pinches yeast
– 125g flour
– 2 pinches salt
– 1 egg yolk
– oil for frying
Very carefully take away the pistil from the flowers, without detaching them from the courgettes. Wipe the courgettes and cut the opposite end of the flower. Pour water and beer into a bowl and whisk – add egg yoke and whisk again...
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Edible Corsican berries: Wild Rose (Rosa Canina)

Corsica Guide l'Eglantier Rosa caninaWidespread, this wild rosebush is covered with delicate five petalled rose briar at the beginning of the summer, to be followed in October with red ovoid fruit named: rosehips (otherwise known as ‘itching powder’, because of the irritating hair they contain) – the harvest takes place after the first frost. Extremely rich in vitamins, the rosehips are used to make excellent syrups and jellies. The fruit is opened in two, and with a spoon, the hair and seeds are removed. Preparations are used notably to fight against the flu and diarrhoea.

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Miss Campbell’s role in bringing the English to Ajaccio

Anglican Church AjaccioIt was after having discovered the Côte d’Azur during the XIX century, that the British landed in Ajaccio in 1860. Miss Thomasina Mary-Ann-Elisa Campbell, a rich rentier, had been living in Moniack Castle in Scotland until 1867 – she visited Corsica from north to south and of course, fell in love with the island, and decided she was going to live here.
In 1868, she settled in the ‘Hotel de France’ in Ajaccio. Her next move was to start writing about the island: ‘Notes on the island of Corsica’ – dedicated to those in search of good health and pleasure, which she had printed by Pompéani. Thus, it was thanks to her and the widespread propaganda concerning her notes, that the English were to discover the island.
In 1873, she bought land very near the ‘Casone’, and had a sumptuous dwelli...
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What’s the particularity of —> LENTU ?

Lentu (la Corse autrement, la Corse ..)Comfortably situated beside a mountain and dominating the Golo Valley, also south of St Florent (if you’re in that area) – this charming village can be characterised by traditional stone houses and rooftops, and of course beautiful surroundings. For those interested in architecture, there’s a parish church worth visiting: Sainte Marie Madeleine, which possesses a very attractive door and bell tower – and paintings that could interest you too. We’re very near chestnut country so, lots of walks to discover. Lentu belongs to the district of Alto-di-Casaconi...

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