There are three souvenirs that almost every visitor takes home in their suitcase when leaving the mid-Dalmatian island of Hvar – and each of them is related to one of the most distinctive plants growing in this region: lavender, agave and olive-tree.
Visiting Hvar, you just can’t skip the marketplace where the locals offer bags of dried lavender flowers, bottles of olive-oil and laces made of… agave leaves.
Thanks to excellent weather conditions and high quality soil, lavender flourishes at the end of June and beginning of July almost everywhere – even on rocky slopes and hills of Hvar. If you see it during the blooming period, you’ll be amazed by its intensive color and pleasant scent.
It’s an unforgettable experience that can be remembered by some lavender souvenirs, for example a fragrant bag of dried flowers or a bottle of etheric oil. The lavender grown on the island of Hvar is ecologically produced – sowing and harvesting are done manually.
Another distinctive plant grown on Hvar is olive-tree – a symbol and integral part of the Mediterranean culture. The olive groves from this region are known for high quality olives and oil – local products that you can enjoy once you’re back home from your vacation.
An interesting thing is flavored olive oil – you should definitely try the one with lavender as well. The plant kingdom of the island of Hvar has a true queen – it’s the agave which blooms only once in its life-span (sometimes after 100 years!) and then dies.
The first product made from this plant which comes to your mind is probably agave nectar, but the Benedictine nuns of Hvar found a better way to use its leaves. They are picked once per year and processed in order to produce a thin thread. The nuns use their own imagination to make unique, fragile white laces that shouldn’t be washed nor ironed and are best kept under glass.
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