When you make it to Turin you'll soon realize that it is indeed a bottomless treasure chest full of hidden gems! In this 8th edition of Turin Epicurean Capital we just wanted to give you a glimpse over a tiny part of our precious places and we did want to include one of the oldest herbal shops in town, the only one founded by a woman back in the 19th century.
Rosa Serafino founded her herbal shop or l'erboristeria della Consolata in Piazza della Consolata 5 in front of the famous Basilica, back in 1875 and her shop is still in the same location and preserves its original wood furniture.
A real stargate to a world and a time already gone, where there is no need of a/c in the summer thanks to the special microclimate this old building provides. Giulia, a graduate in herbal sciences accepted to tell us about their products and history.
The Consolata herbal shop is famous for all their herbal teas, imported teas, and their own natural products made of herbs, plants, barks, roots and even essential oils. Jellies and licorices, spice mixes to cook, salts and lotions sit on wooden shelves, often in big old glass jars. But the top of their products is a grappa-like liqueur called Liquore Centerbe made with 100 different handpicked herbs from the Alps.
In the Italian version of the video, Giulia shows you show she prepares a herbal tea to relax and drink after a rich meal, for a perfect digestion, scooping the herbs from the wood drawers behind her counter and giving you the recipes.
Definitely, this little old shop makes us all feel welcome and curious to peek around like little kids and buy everything, even only because everything they sell is healthy!!
Amici, include a visit to this amazing Piazza and to this historical shop like very few are still alive in the whole boot.