In the past, the wild meadows known as “Las Pegueras” that surround the property were used to brand the sheep and identify them with the name of “the house.” For this purpose, pits were built for pine wood to be burned in order to extract a sticky black substance called “pega”, or tar.
In 2012, I decided to transform the area of abandoned land located in the lower part of the property into the “Jardí de les Herbes Vall de Boí” (Vall de Boí Herb Garden) with two distinct areas. In the upper flower garden there is an area with hammocks that is ideal for sunbathing and relaxing, and in the lower one we carry out activities focused on the discovery of culinary and medicinal plants, fruits of the forest, fruit trees from the Alta Ribagorça region, a small vegetable garden for the family, and a space for children with a small slide and a seesaw.
The creation of the “Jardí de les Herbes Vall de Boí” allows us to introduce visitors to the world of aromas and flavors.
Come and enjoy guided tours of our garden with your family, young and old. You will learn to recognize aromatic, culinary, and medicinal plants of the mountain that were used by the “Trementinaires,” the wise herb women.
The “Trementinaires” used to sell turpentine, herbs for remedies, and other mountain products, such as rock tea, dried mushrooms, fir oil, and juniper oil. Turpentine (“trementina”) was their main product and it was this that gave them their name. They sold it for disinfecting the wounds of people and animals. It is a substance that enjoyed great prestige, but the “Trementinaires” did not leave home with the product ready-made; they bought the ingredients in the drugstores of the villages they visited and prepared it on the spot, thus saving them from having to carry many pounds of ointment for the whole journey.
Archive photo from the Trementinaires Museum (Tuixent) http://www.trementinaires.org and the book: Joan Frigolé (2006). “Dones que anavenpelmón”. Estudietnogràfic de “Les Trementinaires” de la Vall de la Vansa y Tuixent. Periferia. Revista de investigación y formación en antropología. 4. 1. 10.5565/rev/periferia.671 from the collection Temes d’Etnologia de Catalunya, 12. Department of Culture Researchgate.net
Guided tours with herbal tea tasting once a week in 📆 July and August
Guided tours available subject to prior reservation.
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