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Poppy, Papaver rhoeas

Family of papaveraceae

Cornfields with poppies are less frequent today and maybe one day we should admire this impressive picture only in paintings of "Impressionists". Progress has favoured the profitability of corn but not the landscape and its true life. May and June are months whose days are the longest in the year and sun is brighter than other months, so that poppies flower during this period and they flood with their red petals meadows like a river of thousands red flags.

The petals, dried carefully in shady places, are used for infusions to relax and favour sleep, they soothe cough and favour expectoration. The young flower can be used to prepare salads or vegetable soups

Picture and text of Tebaldo Lorini
Translated by Gianna Toni

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