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Recent Trips - Albania

Posted on Mon, 26 Mar 2012 14:08 by Paul Barney
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Last year I managed to get out to 4 areas. The first was in early March, 2011 to Albania. A little early for a lot of plants, but interesting all the same. The aim was to travel to Kukes near the Kosovo border, visit to old town of Berat and the Osumi gorge at Corovode. I found some interesting spring planting garlic we have called Allium sativum Albanian Late in the market at Corovode. This stays growing through August with us and we harvest in September. I was struck by the variety of spring greens (horta) available in the markets. A much larger variety than Greek markets. Field poppy (Papaver rhoeas) was very popular. Used by boiling and serving with olive oil (not to be consumed after forming flower buds). On the non-edible side, I found seed of Petrorhagia illyrica ‘Albanian Star’ PAB 4871. A delightful alpine with starry pink flowers that just flowers and flowers.

If you have never tried ‘Byrek’ fresh from the baker, then don’t miss out. And the olives are some of the best I’ve tried!

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