Monthly Archives September 2017

Burdock ‘Erba Tignosa’ – as a medicinal plant

corsica-guide-la-bardane-erba-tignosaHighly appreciated for the many virtues it offers, and belonging to the Asteraceae family.

Purgative, sudorific, diuretic, choloretic, against diabetes, antibiotic and antivenin. But, it has also been used to treat boils, anthrax, throat and dental abscess, dermatosis, acne, eczema, ringworm, measles, gout, rheumatism and gallbladder stones – the list is impressive. 
For internal use
The root must be used fresh but not dried –  limiting the use to spring and autumn. 
Boil 60g of fresh root in 1L water for around 10min. 
For external use:
The leaves are freshly plucked, and can be applied as a poultice against chronic pulmonary disorders, colds and rheumatism – macerated in olive oil, they accelerate the healing of leg ulcers and sores in general. 
Source: Corsica Guide © 
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Let’s try: Red Mullet ‘à la Bonifacienne’

Red Mullet is a typical Mediterranean fish, and that’s why we sometimes find it proposed in Corsican recipes. And, if you accompany it with a tasty tomato sauce and some anchovies, it can be quite delicious.


– 8 Red Mullets
– 5 anchovy fillets
– 6 garlic cloves
– 1 carton tomato passata
– 200g breadcrumbs
– olive oil
– parsley
– salt + pepper


Clean, scale and empty the red mullets.
Mix the following ingredients together:
peeled garlic cloves, red mullets, anchovy fillets, a little olive oil, tomato passata and some parsley – season, as wished.
Oil an oven dish and spread the stuffing on the bottom of the dish.
Place the red mullets with precaution on the stuffing.
Sprinkle and cover ...

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APPeBIKE – A welcomed pollination of electric bicycles for Corsica

This is very good news for the island.
APPeBIKE recently launched their innovative solution in May/June of this year – I purposely stress ‘solution’, because this concept is what we really need in order to help reduce the ongoing headaches experienced with ‘far too much traffic’ these days, along with offering a natural, enjoyable and ‘accessible to all’ option for visiting the island, and/or simply cycling to a chosen destination. The functioning is quite simple. 

Introducing the first self-service of electric bicycles in Corsica, without effort and without noise – using their own telephone application, which is their attractive feature.
APPeBIKE offers over 200 bikes in more than 25 base stations – these base stations can be found at: tourist offices, hotels, campings, and certain holida...

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I Tisori di Mimi – when flavours and fragrances merge

I always trust my first impressions, and this was to prove correct once again when I recently had the pleasure of tasting natural homemade creations by ‘I Tisori di Mimi’, nested in one of our picturesque villages – naming Calcatoggio. However, I discovered that jam was not the only delicacy there would be to offer. And, of course, my curiosity led me to further investigate.

I’m quite sure for Mireille and François Ceccarelli, if you had have asked them years ago, could they have imagined seeing themselves producing what they produce today, they would certainly have replied, ‘not in the slightest way’ – and this is also the wonderful ‘design’ so to speak, our lives can take at times – passion grows and develops, to finally structure a comprehendible perspective, which can frankly take us b...

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A few words on: The Corsican Mouflon

The Corsican mouflon is a wild mountain sheep. ‘Ovis gmelini musimon var. Corsicana’ – this is to distinguish him from his Sardinian and Cypriot cousins.  This mouflon has never been hybridised, so the preservation as a separate species is important to defend.
The mouflon prefers open country, hard underfoot, covered with grassy or bushy vegetation.  A Mediterranean hoofed animal who seeks steep slopes and rocks to protect himself from man and stray dogs. He is known for having diverse tastes in herbaceous food – mainly grass, but also leaves, buds, young shoots, berries, nuts, chestnuts, roots, mushrooms and lichen.  His main water intake is through the fresh vegetation he eats, as he rarely drinks.

Mouflons react to climatic and seasonal changes by seeking shelter from snow in winter, or...

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