The Lavender Park: A Corner of Provence in Calabria

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The Lavender Park: A Corner of Provence in Calabria

When you think of lavender, you automatically think of Provence and its endless fields of purple flowers. The interplay of light with the sun, especially at sunset or sunrise, is one of the most sought-after natural beauties by visitors. However, in Calabria, there is a similar place in the province of Cosenza. Exactly in Campotenese, on the Pollino massif, in a fraction of Morano Calabro. The Rocco family has indeed created the Lavender Park, dedicating themselves exclusively to it, from cultivation to distillation and transformation into cosmetic products. The initial idea was to find plants capable of withstanding the narrow winter temperatures and that could resist under the snow blanket. Between 900 and 1700 meters, they found true lavender, which throughout the Pollino National Park until the beginning of the two wars guaranteed a flourishing activity and was a source of income for the locals. The Rocco family tried to understand if it was possible to reproduce it, maintaining intact its genetic and health properties in cultivation. So, from eight seedlings, three were selected and multiplied in vitro. Everything started at that precise moment. Since 2013, their agricultural property has been converted into a botanical garden, exactly a sort of educational farm where you can study the peculiarities of lavender and learn to distinguish its species. Today, in addition to the native one that grows freely on the Pollino and is called Loricanda, more than 50 are cultivated. Each one has different characteristics from the others and stands out uniquely. These are lavandins and true lavender that make up a rainbow of colors ranging from white to all shades of purple. Here and there, other types of medicinal herbs such as thyme, pink sage, peppermint, lemon, and chocolate are also present. The Lavender Park offers visitors the opportunity to witness the distillation and separation of oil from lavender water. This is sometimes also used as a soothing agent. The oil obtained from lavender angustifolia is the true essential oil with antifungal properties. Finally, it is possible to purchase lavender-based cosmetic products: natural soaps with drops of oil or with flowers for a scrubbing effect, scented candles, sgranato for scenting wardrobes and environments, and herbal teas…

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