Azuay province is well recognized as a region that quickly grows and distributes a broad variety plants. Mild temperature and ample rainfall are ideal conditions to raise a wide variety of shrubs, perennials, and annuals, many of which have been used for centuries for medicinal purposes. Farmers and people living in the country plant medicinal seeds and cultivate their own natural medicine using traditional methods handed down for generations. Often, the women who cultivate these plants at home, sell them at the markets. They are experts knowing the medicinal attributes of each plant, creating virtual “neighborhood pharmacies,” on their…
Want to read the whole story?
Subscribe to The Cuenca Dispatch and gain full access to this story, weekly issues, plus the entire running archive! With your subscription, you will gain access to all the news you'll need concerning Ecuador as a United States expat.
Get access to our most read articles
- Cuenca expat scene is ‘changing before our eyes’
- Los Perniles
- Immerse yourself in Cuenca’s bountiful markets
- Global warming? Most of the hot air is generated by politicians
- Ecuadorian named to Time magazine’s 100 most influential people list
- What should you bring to Cuenca?
- Artesana Bakery: a love story
- Searching for origin of the word ‘Gringo’
- Cuenca will have a new Ludic Botanical Garden
- Ancient craft of ikat thrives in Gualaceo