Category Nature

A few words on: Salamandra Corsica

The Corsican Salamander was, for a long time regarded as a sub-species of the spotted salamander from the mainland – but, since not so long ago has become identified as a full-scale species.
Genetic studies have shown that the closest relative of the island’s salamander would be the black salamander from the Alps, branching off five million years ago.

‘U Cateddu Muntagnolu, Turcu Montanu, Cadellu Lurcu, Cane Montile’

Very easy to identify, the Corsican Salamander has shiny skin and is dotted with yellow spots (sometimes orange), irregularly laid out.
The tail is cylindrical, and at a larval stage, it can be distinguished from the Corsican Euprocte by the presence of yellow spots at the base of the legs.

Size: from 11cm – 21cm                                                                 ...

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Mullein ‘U Biancu’ – as a medicinal plant

Mullein is known for its emollient, sedative and pectoral properties. It can be used in cases of respiratory and digestive irritations.
External Use:
The decoction of the flowers can be used as a ‘lavage’ for intestinal colic.
The leaves are cooked and applied as poultices, calming skin inflammations and also painful hemorrhoids – along with maturing boils and panaris. The milk, in which a handful of leaves from the winter’s rosettes has boiled, heals frostbite and cracked hands  in a few days – soaking them for a short while, morning and night (lukewarm).
Infusion of flowers for pectoral use:
– 1 tablespoon per cup in boiling water for tracheobronchitis conditions: coughs, acute and chronic catarrh.
Mix for (four-flower herbal tea) great mullein flowers:
– 30g poppy
– 20g mauve
– 10...
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With tenacity, grace and character, the branches of the olive tree spread naturally

With an ideal climate for growth, olive trees have grown here in Corsica for thousands of years, already present in the Middle Ages, and were very much part of the original flora of the island, where picking wild olives was a regular tradition – a variety range consisting of Sabina, Biancaghja, Capannace, and Curtinese to mention but a few, also covering the whole region. With minimal requirements, olive trees can grow on rugged, dry, flat or even hilly land – ideal with the high temperatures this island can reach over the summer months, and with the lack of frost, the fruit fully ripens and matures on the trees, enabling a smooth delicious taste.

An extensive program of national replanting saw the day in 1956, resulting from an important freeze that had taken place, and in more recent tim...

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Girolata – a natural sanctuary

A world within its own, where nature settles and modestly/humbly dominates the exquisite surroundings, spreading her contagious cloak of natural shades. Unspoilt and protected, accessible usually by sea, but there is a path leading there, with around a four hour walk involved, either from the La Croix pass or the GR Mare e Monti. However, the boat trip is quite enjoyable, and a novelty in some ways, leaving from several towns: Ajaccio, Porto, Calvi, Galéria, Sagone Gulf and Cargèse. Girolata, which is a small village, belongs to the Osani municipality, and is registered with UNESCO world heritage, and around 30km from Porto.

And yes, visited of course...

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A few words on: The Corsican Donkey

Their origin dates back several centuries, when they were already very present on the island. At that time, they were of remarkable assistance: pack-saddled, harnessed or ridden, in the stone quarries for agricultural work in very steep places, in order to connect distant hamlets, or going to separate agricultural farms.
Also used for the production of male/female mules.
Obedient, courageous, enduring and very resistant with safe feet, capable of climbing up and down very steep slopes.
Up to the 18th century, they didn’t exceed 90c at the withers, and the coat was grayish – then, they grew thanks to the Catalan donkey, and the coat became black.
Today, two types can be found:
– the pure Corsican, light grey with 1.17m at the withers
– black, descen...
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