Ingrid Lader takes us on a short walk around the village. On the way we find several plants and herbs which don’t just taste good – they’re also healthy.
This short walk around the village begins by the mountain station in See. We walk up the main street as far as the sign for Weiler Elis. Then it’s 200 metres uphill to the hotel “Weißes Lamm”. Here we can find yarrow.
This plant particularly thrives in meadows and pastureland. It grows up to 1.5m and is an indicator of a nitrogen-rich soil.
Yarrow blossoms can be processed very simply into herbal salt. As an ointment, it fights inflammations, eczema and acne. How does it work? Simply make a yarrow-olive oil extract and then mix with beeswax and lanolin. Heat everything up and wait til all the ingredients have melted. Then put in a small jar and leave until the mixture hardens again.
Then we go past the church – there is a wonderful view over See’s bathing lake from the church square. We continue past the Lourdes chapel and at Oberhaus over a meadow path towards Klaus. Here we can find red clover and stinging nettle seeds.
Red clover likes a sunny environment, and flowers from April to October.
If you dry the flower heads, you can use them to make tea. It’s very simple: pour hot water on the dried flowers. The tea is good for hot flushes and fits of sweating. As an ointment, red clover helps dry skin. The flowers also have an anti-inflammatory effect. If you separate the flower head from the rest of the plant, there’s usually a little bit of blossom honey stuck underneath.
Stinging nettle seeds
The seeds develop from the flowers. The big stinging nettles flower from July to October, and from August the first seed panicles hang from the plants.
Stinging nettles are an Austrian “superfood”. The seeds are particularly tasty when they’re fried. But they’re also good in dumplings. If you just dry the seeds and mix with salt, you have a delicious nettle salt. Nettle seeds contain several rich ingredients, such as potassium, iron and calcium.
There’s an asphalt road coming soon. A little bit downhill, over the Klausbach stream, past the village dairy to the “Frohe Aussicht” guesthouse. And then a bit further over the path back to See. This short walk round the village takes about an hour.