Bonvesin is at his best in the lists, in which the words become the mouthpiece of the city’s wealth. Tai Pera was asked to represent, with his clean, essential and attractive style, the prosperity of the city’s gardens and the countless products that come out of them:

«There are also vegetable gardens, which flourish throughout the year and produce an abundance of all kinds of vegetables: all kinds of cabbages, chard, lettuces, orache, celery, spinach, parsley, fennel, dill, chervil, aniseed, nepitella, pumpkins of all kinds, both garden and hedge, garlic, leeks, common parsnips, alfaneria, which is a kind of parsnip, the root of which is used to make an excellent and healthy compound; borage, mustard, saffron, liquorice, cetrina grass, purslane, poppy, horehound, mallow, anagallida or comfrey, enula, rue, dragonitum, latteride or spiny esula, which is said to be an efficacious medicine against stomach aches when it is crushed and cooked, and then drunk in wine; also hyssop, which cleanses the chest of phlegm, and many other medicinal herbs; also sage, mint, basil, savory, marjoram and other herbs that offer our sense of smell a pleasant odour». 

Posted on: 28 October 2021, by : Alessandro Ulleri