Spending time in the countryside is therapy for my soul. This period of the year is especially lovely as nature is alive with blossoms and buds. I am constantly in awe of the beauty that envelopes Provence. Vibrant green grape vines stretch for miles and contrast with fields of fiery red poppies. The lavender and sunflowers are soon to follow in due time. l feel extraordinarily blessed to be able to be surrounded by such beautiful creations.
Did you know that poppies (les coquelicots in French) have various virtues and can be used as a treatment for insomnia and persistent coughing? The petals can be dried and consumed as an herbal tea. The flowers can also be put to use in the kitchen. Fresh petals can be prepared into syrup and added to beverages, applied as a glaze to dress tarts or to accompany duck. The seeds are often used in baking to adorn cakes.
The other day, I went searching for a field of poppies. I didn’t have to go far before stumbling upon one.