An exhibition that aims to create a movement in support of those little-loved “weeds”.
Fernanda Botelho, aided by the photographic work of Nuno Antunes, calls our attention to the importance of classifying and gaining knowledge about these plants and their various species which, besides being beneficial for pollinating insects, can also be used as culinary herbs and may have medicinal properties.
Borage gives courage. Its oil is very rich in omega 3. It can be used for therapeutic and healing purposes.
Very valued in the middle ages as a wound healer. In Portugal it is used to treat digestive problems.
“To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee.” — Emily Dickinson
Honeysuckle with its Intoxicating fragrance is useful in gargles and to treat mouth inflammations or sore throats.
Echium, also known as viper’s bugloss, was traditionally used to treat snake bites.
Its petals, dried or fresh, and also the seeds can be used in the kitchen.
Used in gargles to strengthen the gums and relieve sore throats. Weed or medicinal herb?
Also known as forget-me-not, it has medicinal properties and edible flowers.
Used in the past to fill the mattresses of nervous people or those suffering from insomnia.
Its leaves, seeds, and roots can be used as diuretic teas.
It treats conjunctivitis, skin irritations and inflammations. Weed or useful plant?
Edible flowers, leaves, stems and roots. Weed or edible plant?
From its root you can make a roasted beverage. Weed or an alternative to coffee?
There is a Portuguese expression to send someone to the nettles which holds negative connotations, however we should remember nettles are a superfood.
Fodder plant is used frequently as green manure. It is edible and also attracts bees.
Everyday of the festival!
(Mupis – Spread across the city)