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Bitter, Spicy and Wild: Enjoy Vitality

14.04.2015 - by Vitalpina Hotels Südtirol
Category: Gastronomy
 
In the herb gardens of South Tyrol’s 36 Vitalpina Hotels bees are buzzing around, enjoying the grace of fresh blossoms, while aromatic treasures grow silently in every nook and corner.
The Vitalpina hosts and chefs are swarming, too. They are out on a quest for the precious treats now sprouting from the ground in alpine meadows and along walking trails: wild spinach, wild asparagus, wild garlic and – in a highly conspicuous sunny yellow – the dandelion.

Herbalists appreciate the much-loved dandelion as a highly valuable supplier of vitamin C. This yellow-green herald of spring is also rich in potassium and iron, among other minerals. It owes its health benefit to its bitter substances. Gourmets love to use it as a spring herb because it is delicately spicy. The dandelion and its wild-herb neighbors are sourced from garden, forest and meadow and used in imaginative variations, enriching South Tyrol’s traditional cuisine – and likewise the innovative gourmet cuisine of the Vitalpina Hotels. In April and May the dandelion celebrates a magnificent comeback, bringing a piece of health to the table with every bite, not to mention hearty delights and a bit of bright sunshine yellow.

TIP: At Deutschnonsberg – the area around South Tyrol’s western border with Trentino – the dandelion will be the bitter yet delicate star of a culinary festival: the traditional Dandelion Weeks, which will occur for the 20th time. Taking place between 18 April and 3 May 2015, the festival is a good opportunity to pay a visit to this delightful, hidden corner of South Tyrol. For more about the festival program, please visit: www.loewenzahnwochen.it
 
 
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