Aromanian Butterbur

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According to Albanian law, the Aromanian community is recognized as a cultural minority. One theory about their origin suggests that they descend from the Romanized Thracians, Roman colonists and soldiers, and Latin Greeks. For Aromanians that live in Mokra, non-cultivated food plants are a significant source of the daily diet during the spring season. Many of the herbs used by this minority are not noticed among Albanians, thus suggesting different ethnobotanical pathways. One of the plants that is most representative of this situation is butterbur (Petasites hybridus). The plant has a group of pale pink flowers arranged on a stem. It flowers in the early spring, before the leaves appear. Aromanians harvest butterbur leaves and then cook them with flour and water. The obtained dish is locally known as panacucu. It is recommended for women during breastfeeding.

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Territory

StateAlbania
Region

Elbasan

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Categories

Vegetables and vegetable preserves

Indigenous community:Aromanians
Nominated by:Andrea Pieroni