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Some you may see:

erba acciuga: 'anchovy herb'; another name for savoury

erbe aromatiche: fragrant herbs

erbe essiccate: dried herbs

erba luigia: another name for cedrina or lemon verbena.

erbe pazze: a ‘crazy’ mixture of herbs–especially borage, fennel and chicory, used in soups in Lazio

erbe di Provenza: herbes de Provence (thyme, rosemary, savoury, oregano and basil).

Salute alle Erbe a Pergine, in Trentino, is dedicated to the discovery of all wild herbs of the mountains and takes place over two weekend in July; it includes nature walks, displays and tasting of various herbal products made in the area.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Alice Henneman