‘You, listen, the action is down here, not up there!’ Even today, many years later, both have to laugh when they think of their first herb hike. Both – that is Mrs. Lucian senior and Thorsten Probost, Burg Vital chef de cuisine. And ‘both’ – that’s also the idyllic and romantic herb garden located right next to the Burg Vital Resort. The two nurture and guard the garden, they let it grow and experiment with new varieties and they are delighted when their plants grow and flourish. In Mrs. Lucian’s case it’s always been like this, since she was a little girl. ‘I always used to collect alpine lady’s mantle for my grandmother, and I used to climb over rough and smooth to find the best and most beautiful plants’.
OF MEN’S HERBS AND FRESH HERB ELIXIR...
Over the decades the elderly herb expert has amassed incredible knowledge. However, she is hesitant to admit that actual herb-blood should flow in her veins. But, something else does: The fact that the passion for herbs is similar to love. Only when you know them will you see their fascination and their appeal. And the power they will give you. They let you forget everyday life, inspire the mind and elate the senses. Your focus is sharpened and there is only one thing you want: to retrieve them – these wonderful treasures of nature. For Thorsten Probost herbs play a decisive role in his life and kitchen. But only when they’re fresh: ‘And I mean really fresh. At Burg Vital Resort we never use dried herbs, only ever fresh ones form our own garden’. And they do not just end up in the pots but also in home-made teas and ointments that are made by Mrs. Lucian senior herself and that can be bought in the house’s own shop.
She herself has a cup of tea every day. She swears it keeps her young and fit. And healthy, most importantly. ‘Let thy food be thy medicine and medicine by thy food’ –Hippocrates already said so. And so does Mrs. Lucian senior. ‘Yarrow is such a versatile medicine, it’s good for everything’. Of course, her sharpened eye sees more than just the obvious but spots the hidden, too. Like the ‘weed’ willowherb. ‘Most people just pick it like a weed. But I wait for it to flower, I cut it and then I dry it. This “mens’ herb”, as I like to call it, is very effective for prostate ailments, among other things’.