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Viola mammola, Viola odorata

Family of violaceae

It is a typical Spring flower like daisy and primrose, but compare to these ones it is very scented even if it loses its scent very early. A proverb says: "dopo la santissima Annunziata, la viola è già passata".

Its leaves and flowers have expectorant and laxative properties, so that infusions and syrups are prepared. Leaves can be used for Spring salads or to decorate, together with flowers, salads, cakes and whisked cream.

Picture and text of Tebaldo Lorini
Translated by Gianna Toni

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