Wild flowers and the vivid colours of spring

From late April, the meadows around Cortina begin to fill with vivid colours of wild flowers which, as the weeks go by, spread their magic in the mountains, awakening the landscape. 

By May and June, the contrast between the bright green flowering meadows and the white peaks of the mountains makes an unforgettable spectacle.

Wood Anemone

An early-spring flowering plant in the buttercup family Ranunculacea
Wood Anemone

Wood Anemone (Anemone nemorosa) is an early-spring flowering plant in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae. It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing 5–15 centimetres tall.

The plants start blooming soon after the foliage emerges from the ground. The compound leaves are palmate or ternate (divided into three lobes):106 and the flowers are solitary, produced on short stems, held above the foliage. 

They grow from underground root-like stems called rhizomes and the foliage dies back down by mid summer (summer dormant). The rhizomes spread just below the soil surface, forming long spreading clumps that grow quickly, contributing to its rapid spread in woodland conditions, where they often carpet large areas.

The plant contains poisonous chemicals that are toxic to animals including humans, but it has also been used as a medicine.

Dandelion

A tasty and versatile ingredient that lends itself to numerous recipes
Dandelion

Taraxacum officinale, the common dandelion (often simply called "dandelion"), is a flowering herbaceous perennial plant of the family Asteraceae (Compositae).

It can be found growing in temperate regions of the world, in lawns, on roadsides, on disturbed banks and shores of water ways, and other areas with moist soils. Common dandelion is well known for its yellow flower heads that turn into round balls of silver tufted fruits that disperse in the wind called "blowballs" or "clocks"

The Dandelion is used both in the kitchen and for medicinal purposes, thanks to its purifying and detoxifying properties. The active ingredients are mainly found in the roots and leaves, but the yellow flower can be also be used to prepare infusions or herbal teas.

The leaves and flowers enrich and add colour to spring salads, whereas the buds can be used oiljam or jelly. The flowers can be tossed in flour and fried, and the leaves can be boiled or stir fried.

The Dandelion is a tasty and versatile ingredient that lends itself to numerous recipes such as meatballsomeletsstuffed raviolilasagna and cakes.

In beekeeping the Dandelion provides both pollen and nectar.

The plant is to be avoided if you are pregnant, lactating or suffering from gastritis or ulcers. Can be harmful in combination with certain pharmaceutical products.