Medicinal plants were one of the main topics on the 8th Fruitfest organized by the Civitas Foundation for Civil Society in Odorheiu Secuiesc between the 23rd and 25th of September. The first event of the fest was a conference held in the St. Stephan Room of the Town Hall: The role of medicinal plants in changing the way of life of communities. The audience had the opportunity -besides listening to matterful presentations- to try the products made of medicinal plants by different communities. Within the frame of the conference the previous results of the project have also been presented by Jére Csaba biologist.
At 4 p.m., on the first day of the festival we opened the Transylvanian Herb Garden stand, full of products made by the volunteer groups. Then we shortly presented the project and talked about wildcrafting, cultivating and processing possibilities of medicinal plants in Szeklerland. At our booth we offered fresh and dried medicinal plant bouquets and tea mixtures, herb salts in a wide variety, herb oils and vinegars, as well as cosmetics based on medicinal plants and scented pillows. The Transylvanian Herb Garden could easily gain the title: the most aromatic booth of the festival.
On the next two days of the festival out booth hosted many several events: the volunteers of the project presented and promoted medicinal plants and their use to both adults and children; through presenting many products they proved that the using possibilities of medicinal plants are indeed very wide. On Saturday morning Gáspár Hajnal taught a group of pupils from Lupeni how to color canvas with row plants. Later on they prepared bath-salt and packed it into the canvas colored on the spot. The contest of recognizing medicinal plants, organized twice, on Saturday and Sunday by Geréb Enikő Hajnal was also very popular. The target of the contest were the children, but the challenge to identify 10 medicinal plants proved to be very interesting also for their parents. The medicinal plants growing in Udvarhelyszék (one of the Szekler Seats located around Odorheiu Secuiesc), their wildcrafting and processing possibilities were presented by Mihály Erika on Saturday afternoon and by Karsai Kinga on Sunday morning, who also answered the questions of the interested audience.
During these three days the scented view of Transylvanian Herb Garden stand attracted a large number of visitors, while advertised that medicinal plants could be natural assets bringing a significant change into the life of our communities, improving the quality of life, contributing to the sustenance of our communities through assuring their living.