Ethnobotanical use of fig (Ficus carica L.) in southern Italy

G. Salerno, A. Stinca, M. Giaccone, P. Scognamiglio, B. Basile
In this paper we present the results of a survey aimed to define the ethnobotanical uses of fig tree (Ficus carica L.) in southern Italy (Campania and Basilicata region). Field data were collected during the periods 2000-2014 through structured interviews. The results of this study showed a high number of traditionally uses of fig tree in the medicine, human and animal nutrition, and domestic-handicraft purposes. The plant parts most frequently used were syconia. However, the traditional use of this plant is declining and the according knowledge is mainly restricted to the elderly.
Salerno, G., Stinca, A., Giaccone, M., Scognamiglio, P. and Basile, B. 2017. Ethnobotanical use of fig (Ficus carica L.) in southern Italy. Acta Hort. (ISHS) 1173:371-376
cultural biodiversity, medicinal plants, Moraceae, traditional knowledge, veterinary plants

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