Ethnobotanical knowledge of the Istro-Romanians of Zejane in Croatia

A. Pieroni, M.E. Giusti, H. Munz, C. Lenzarini, G. Turkovic, A. Turkovic

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An ethno-pharmacognostic survey was carried out in one of the smallest ethnic and linguistic groups in Europe: the Istro-Romanians of the village of Zejane (in Croatia), which has a population of approximately 140 persons, mainly elderly. Using an intensive field participant observation methodology, we recorded about 60 remedies of the local folk pharmacopoeia, and mainly derived from plants. Among them, the uncommon traditions to use homemade vinegar from wild apple (Malus sylvestris) and Cornelian cherries (Cornus mas) for diverse medical purposes, and houseleek (Sempervivum tectorum) against ear pains have been briefly discussed
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)710-719
Issue number39667
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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