The arrival of spring in Morocco heralds a profusion of beautiful flowers everywhere from roadsides to mountainsides. It is also the favourite foraging season for those keen on the abundant herbs which can be found
The View From Fez accompanied Miriam Hicklin of Atlas Apothecary on an expedition to Mt Zalagh to collect marigolds, which will be turned into calendula cream.
"Morocco has a huge number of herbs. There is a cross-over of about 40% with those that grow on the other side of the Mediterranean. For reference, I mainly use texts from the 16th and 17th centuries, which was when most of the research on medicinal herbs was done."
Miriam Hicklin runs introductory workshops on herbs, as well as ones on herbal preparation for children and foraging expeditions to the Middle Atlas.
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Photos and story by Suzanna Clarke.