Albania's mountains and valleys teem with rich botanical bounty. Mountain Rose Herbs and United Plant Savers visited its fecund countryside at the peak of the autumn harvest to meet the farmers and wildharvesters who help bring culinary apothecary herbs and fruits to plant lovers across the world (like the ripe and ready hawthorn berries above!).
Having spent a number of gilded fall days traveling throughout the countryside visiting farms and villages in Bulgaria, Dr. Susan Leopold from nonprofit United Plant Savers and I journeyed west to connect with our growing partners in another Eastern European country filled with ecological treasures: Albania. Within Albania’s biologically diverse mountain and valley ecosystems, hundreds of desirable native botanical species thrive in the wild. This incredible natural variety and abundance has set the scene for Albania’s long-running and complex role on the stage of the global herbal trade.Read More