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Herbs

Loving and growing plants and herbs is part of our job. Herbs are at the basis of all FJ products

We protect and look
after our herbs
with great care, the same
we use when selecting
our farming areas

Fennel

Foeniculum vulgare

Fennel belongs to the family Apiaceae. It is a spontaneous, perennial plant with a ramified trunk up to 2 meters high. Its leaves resemble green hay and small yellow flowers group together in flat clusters during the summer, followed by the fruits (achenes), first green and then greyish. It is well known for its various properties: digestive, anti-spasmodic and appetizing. It spontaneously grows at altitudes up to 800 meters above sea level, in sunny areas near the sea. As for the harvest, leaves are picked in spring, while autumn is the right time for fruits as well as the root.

Wormwood

Artemisia absinthium

Wormwood belongs to the family Asteraceae (ex Compositae) and it is a plant known since the most ancient times for its therapeutic properties. It is a herbaceous evergreen perennial plant with a taproot and an erect trunk, with masses of finely-divided silvery-green leaves, up to one meter high. The leaves are big and deeply incised, the upper surface is greenish-grey and the lower one is silvery-white. The flowers are small and yellow, grouped together in pseudanthiums. It blooms between July and September. The fruit is an achene. In summer, the buds unclose generating some small yellow flowers grouped together in medium-sized blooms. The leaves of Artemisia are intensely perfumed and they leave a strong bitter taste when chewed.

SALVIA

Salvia officinalis

Salvia belongs to the family Lamiaceae. It is common in all regions with a mild climate and presents a bushy posture. The trunk is green at the beginning and it turns woody with maturity, with a quadrangular section and a lot of branches, reaching up to one meter in height. The leaves, held by a short stalk, are oval and lanceolate, of an intense greenish-grey color with dentate borders and a velvety upper surface, while the lower one is rougher with clear veining. They are rich in essentials oils that confer the characteristic aroma. The flowers are violet and gathered mainly in the final part of the stem in spike-like inflorescences. It starts blooming in spring.

ZaFFERANO

Crocus sativus

Prodotto e coltivato rispettando la natura e seguendo le linee guida dell’agricoltura biologica. Lo zafferano di san quirino viene raccolto e mondato a mano ogni giorno e fatto essiccare al naturale con aria calda a 40° per mantenere puro il sapore ed il profumo.

Peppermint

Mentha piperita

The genus Peppermint belongs to the family Lamiaceae and it is a very common and cultivated plant in almost every part of the world where the climate is temperate. It is an herbaceous stoloniferous perennial plant with rhizomatous roots that grow deeply into the soil. It is a polymorphic genus, which means its aspect varies widely depending on the species. The Peppermint trunk is 30 cm to one meter long; its color varies from green to purple. The leaves contain glands rich in essentials oils that confer the characteristic aroma. They are simple, of a lighter or darker green color, opposite and generally lanceolate, and covered in a light fuzz. The flowers result in blooms grouped together in a pseudanthium or a spike-like inflorescence, with lobed flowers, typical of the family.

Lavender

Lavandula officinalis

The genus lavender belongs to the family Lamiaceae. It is a very rustic plant found in arid and stony soils in the shape of beautiful bushes. They are perennial and evergreen plants of small dimensions, with a maximum height of one meter. The leaves are linear, lanceolate and narrow, of a characteristic greyish-green color. The blooms are spikes at the top of long stems. Each spike contains a variable number of flowers, intensely scented and with a different aroma depending on the species. The fruit is an achene that contains one single seed.

Pinus Mugo

Pinus mugo Turra

Mugo Pine, or simply Mugo, is an evergreen needle-shaped bush with a prostrate posture that belongs to the family Pinaceae. It spontaneously grows in the mountains, between 1500 and 2700 meters above sea level; in the Eastern Alps, it grows in the rocky areas starting from altitudes of 400 m and then moving higher and higher beyond the limit of the arboreal vegetation of the forest. Mountain Pine is used to extract oil from its branches and it is in the list of the spontaneous officinal herbs.

Thyme

Thymus

The genus Thymus belongs to the family Lamiaceae. It is a perennial shrubby plant up to 40-50 cm high, with a woody trunk in its lower part that then ramifies, forming very compact bushes. The leaves are generally small and elongated, with a color that varies from an intense green to a lighter one and to grey and silver, covered in a thick fuzz. The flowers are rosy-white and grow at the axil of the leaves in spike-like inflorescences. The fruits are achenes that contain four seeds each, covered by a brown peel.

Achillea

Achillea millefolium

Achillea is a group of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae, biennial or perennial, common in Europe and Asia. Its name comes from the Iliad where, according to the legend, Achilles used this plant to treat his soldiers’ wounds. Apparently, then, even the ancients knew the precious properties of this plant. It produces small and finely dissected leaves of a bright green color; in spring and summer, thin stems raise from the center of the plant with some large, flat clusters of small white flowers at the top.