BOOK: Monastery plants (danish text)
In the Middle Ages, a true army of Christian monks and nuns arrived in the North from Central and Southern Europe. Some of them were vegetarians - something very new in time. The vegetarian lifestyle made it natural for these monks to grow well-stocked kitchen gardens.
Self-sufficiency with medicinal plants was also important. The monasteries ran hospitals and needed large quantities of good quality herbs.
Over 100 monasteries were built in Denmark, many of them having medicinal plant gardens. Unfortunately, none of these monastery or manor gardens have been preserved for posterity. But at monasteries and in medicinal gardens you can still see a large number of the medicinal plants that monks and nuns brought to Denmark.
The book contains portraits of a number of important monastic plants that have been used and some that are still used as medicinal plants.
Author of the book, Gunvor Maria Juul, is a food historian and herbal specialist. She has been an advisor at the construction of the medicine garden at the Science Musserne in Aarhus as well as the herb garden in Gråsten.
Hardcover, 96 pages.
Measures: 17x12.5 cm.