This wild, prickly plant grows nearly everywhere in Italy especially in the centre and south of the country. Its fruits are harvested in July and August. Its leaves carry distinctive white patterns and the plant has tough prickles.
Silybum marianum L. Gaertn.
How To Use
Aids digestion, liver function and the body's detoxifying processes.
Use: Italian legend says that the white marks on the leaves have been left by the Virgin Mary's breast milk.