Human Ecology

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 435–451 | Cite as

“We Are Italians!”: The Hybrid Ethnobotany of a Venetian Diaspora in Eastern Romania

  • Andrea Pieroni
  • Cassandra L. Quave
  • Maria Elena Giusti
  • Nora Papp

Non gh’è erba che varda in su che non la gabia la sua virtù

(There is no herb, which looks up, that does not have its own virtues - Venetian proverb)


The ethnobotanical knowledge of migrant communities has been the focus of a number of studies in recent years aimed at understanding how Traditional Knowledge (TK) about plants changes over time. Changes in TK often occur in response to various sociocultural and/or environmental factors, which affect the continuum between adaptation (i.e., changing, substituting, or eliminating home plant uses according to the new host environment/culture), and isolation (i.e., retaining plant uses according to a presumed “original” plant TK) (Pieroni and Quave 2005; Pieroni et al.2005, 2011; Pieroni and Vandebroek 2007; Maxia et al.2008; Ceuterick et al.2008 and 2011; Zamudio et al. 2010; de Medeiros et al.2012).

While a few scholars (especially in Central and Northern Europe) are researching archives where unpublished ethnographic records...


Wild Plant Traditional Knowledge Wild Food Plant Ethnobotanical Knowledge Urtica Dioica 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.



Special thanks are due to all Greci’s Taliane who participated in this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Pieroni
    • 1
  • Cassandra L. Quave
    • 2
  • Maria Elena Giusti
    • 3
  • Nora Papp
    • 4
  1. 1.University of Gastronomic SciencesPollenzoItaly
  2. 2.Center for the Study of Human HealthEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Department of History of Arts and Performing ArtsUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly
  4. 4.Department of PharmacognosyUniversity of PécsPécsHungary

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