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linden or lime tree flowers

leaves and flowers of lime tree (tilia cordata) in Hofgarten, Munich.

Bees like the sweet blossoms of the tilleul or linden, which are dried to make a popular, soothing tisane. In rural France, it’s common to see a linden tree planted next to a farm house for its reputed calming properties. Country folk used to stuff pillows with the dried flowers for a better night’s sleep and sweet dreams.

Some 75% of France’s crop is harvested in the Baronnies region of Provence.

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Text © Dana Facaros

Image by N p holmes