Ethnobotanical trails

Wild herbs offer a well of possibilities for those who have the patience to get to know them. On two ethnobotanical trails you can learn about the properties of wild plants and how they were used by people in the valley on. The one in Pied du Col focalises on edible plants and the one in La Grave on medicinal plants.

Descriptif Ethnobotanical trails

Sometimes you don’t have to go far to find what you need. A corner full of weeds can be as good as a pantry. Some plants we pull up are more nutritious and savoury than those we grow in our vegetable gardens. For instance, nettles and Good-King-Henry contain far more minerals than spinach.
In the old days, people picked because they had to. The poorest had the broadest repertoire. Today some great cooks particularly favour a little plant that was called “manure herb” when just a few years ago those who ate it were ashamed to admit it. Soup was the basis of the mountain farmers’ diet. Mostly it was made with potatoes and a few seasonal herbs. If it was too bland, a couple of leaves of the powerful “Maggi-herb”, which got its name from the stock cubes, would do the trick. In spring, baby leaves of various kinds awakened the taste buds.
If you are careful about possible mix-ups, you may glean a few tips that can be useful for little ailments. If your throat is feeling scratchy, a herbal tea will help provided that the leaves and flowers are well chosen. For small cuts, the little leaf of the “old ladies’ beard” do wonders. If you can’t find it, the “carpenters’ herb” will have the same effect. When its leaves are young, you can put it in your salad too.

Minimum age: 7 years

Types

  • Open air

Facilities

  • Themed path

Comforts

Languages spoken

  • French

Adapted tourism

  • Not accessible in a wheelchair

Opening

From 01/05 to 31/10.
From May to October, depending on weather and snow conditions.

Prices

Free of charge