Want to explore the Lovćen basin, which contains approximately 1,500 species of mushrooms, including the renown Penny Bun and champignon? You can also forage for and bask in the aromas of herbs like yarrow, St. John's wort, thyme, sallow, winter savory, mint, buckthorn, and lemon balm. Let your curiosity and free spirit lead you to Montenegro's most stunning mountainscapes.
Orjen (Zubački Kabao 1894 m) Lovćen (Jezerski Vrh 1657 m)
Rumija (1595 m)
Prokletije (2534 m)
Durmitor (2523 m)
Hajla (2403 m)
A permit to pick plants is required in the premises of Montenegro's national parks; the fee is 5 euros.
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Get to know the harvesting calendar
It is important to understand that some species appear all year (ivy, dandelion, nettle), so they have a long harvest season, whereas others appear for a short time, for example, immediately after winter frosts, such as some violets and saffron. If you are looking for plants with a shorter harvest season, make sure to research when they are available, or better yet, ask a local villager or herbalist!
Learn the rules of herbalism
Before embarking on this unusual adventure, you must first become acquainted with the proper techniques for picking and recognizing plants, as well as drying and storing them. You must be able to tell the difference between medicinal and poisonous plants.
Montenegro has several important laws surrounding plant gathering and foraging. Familiarize yourself with national legislation and international directives. All information can be found at the Environmental Protection Agency.
Where can you get a plant collection permit?
To obtain a permit for the collection of medicinal plants, you must write an application for a permit and submit it to the Environmental Protection Agency, stating the names (national and Latin) of the species you wish to collect, the quantity in kilograms, the location and time of collection, the purpose, and the purpose and method of collection.
If you only need a day pass, you can apply for one at the national parks. The price of a pass is to symbolize the importance of taking care of the natural environment.