Coriander Chimichurri Sauce

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Fresh Coriander is the Best! A BIG Shout-out to all the Coriander / Cilantro / Dhaniya lovers! Anytime is a good time to grow Coriander in your garden and enjoy an abundance of fresh leaves. Such joy to go out and pick fresh bunches of leaves every day. Only a lack of imagination will limit […]

Harvesting and Preserving Herbs

It is time to start harvesting and preserving herbs for a good supply during winter, especially if you love robust soups and stews. Timing If you have not thought of it before, try harvesting according to the moon. Herbs for drying should be picked during a waning moon. During a waning moon the sap moves […]

Picnic with Herbs

With warm, sunny days it is a perfect time to plan a picnic for friends and family that makes the most of all the herbs that are in abundance right now. Here’s a challenge. Using the herbs in your garden, see how you can feature a different herb or combination of herbs in each dish […]

Restore Romance in your life with Herbs

This being Valentine month, here is a light-hearted look at how herbs can also restore the romance in our lives. Besides their many practical uses, herbs also work in the realm of the emotions. One thinks of the soothing, calming herbs, those that deal with depression or lift the spirits. All these are herbs for […]

Basil – summer’s quintessential culinary herb

Basil tops the list of must-grow culinary herbs for summer and it is not hard to find 10 good reasons to grow it! For a start there are at least 10 different varieties of basil and each has something to recommend it. The two top culinary varieties are Sweet basil and Basil “Genovese”. Sweet basil […]

Fragrant Herbs

Fragrance has the ability to instantly lift our spirits or transport us into a calmer space. It is believed that the sense of smell was our first sense; part of our ‘old brain’ (that’s hopefully since evolved) and it is not controlled by will or reason. Like the fight or flight response, what we smell […]

A step in Thyme

Most gardens have a pathway and generally we think of it as being necessary to get us from one area to another. But, what if that pathway was also a fragrant, sensory experience every time we walked along it? A perfumed pathway that is easy to maintain can be created with varieties of creeping thyme. […]

Home Sweet Home With Herbs

At this time of year it is appropriate to reflect that herbs are the most generous of plants, with a cornucopia for gifts for the gardener. Plant a herb garden and you have at your fingertips plants that flavour food, heal common ailments, lift the spirits, help dull hair to shine, keep pets happy, perfume […]

Coriander

It is given different names and opinions differ on its ‘fragrance’ but coriander is universally counted as one of the most distinctive culinary herbs. Whether you know it as coriander, cilantro or Chinese parsley, Coriandrumsativum is commonly used in the cuisine of almost every continent or region: South Asia, Middle East, Central Asia, Mediterranean, India, […]

Bon appétit – Artichokes are the gourmet herb for the good life

As a vegetable globe artichokes (Cynarascolymus) are considered a gourmet delicacy. As a garden plant, the spiky silvery green foliage is striking and unusually beautiful. But as a herb, would you guess that it is one of the most effective and far reaching natural liver tonics that one can grow? The most effective part of […]