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 […]

Herbs for the festive season

Herbs for the Festive Season During the festive season everything needs to taste – and look – just a little bit more special. For the freshest, nicest and most affordable flavourings and garnishes look no further than the herb garden! Most established herb gardens feature the standard herbs – sage, rosemary, lavender, mint, and thyme. […]

Herbal Home Spa

Bathing by candlelight in a scented bath is still one of the most romantic ways to relax. The natural way to do it is with fragrant herbs that soothe away the stress. Herbal baths combine the therapeutic effects of water and the particular actions of herbs. Warm water quietens and soothes the body, slowing down […]

Cooling Mint

It has been used by all the ancient civilizations; by the Egyptians and Greeks as an aromatic bathing herb, as an appetite stimulant by the Romans, who also used it to flavour wine and sauces and as a strewing herb in medieval homes. Throughout the Middle East mint it is a symbol of hospitality. In […]

Globe Artichokes

Globe artichokes are much more than a gourmet food; they are a powerful detoxing herb too. 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 […]

Growing Tips For Winter

 There is no need to go short of fresh herbs in winter with these savvy suggestions. Both Thyme “Silver Posy’ or Lemon thyme are attractive low growing plants that can be used in a sunny border in front of pansies, violas or petunias. They are also easy to grow in pots, provided the potting soil […]

Rosemary

Rosemary It is no exaggeration to describe rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) as a ‘complete’ herb. It imparts a delicious flavour and aroma to food. It is a healing herb for body and soul, a beauty herb for hair and a fragrant air freshener for the home. To top it all, it is a versatile garden plant […]

Mint

Mint is one of those common and garden herbs that can easily be taken for granted unless you stop at a herb stand and rub the leaves of each of the different mints and experience their powerful individual perfumes. There are 25 species of mint and at least 14 different varieties are grown in South […]

Herbs For The Kitchen

Herbs for the Kitchen Fresh herbs add fragrance and flavour to food that can’t be matched by dried herbs or other flavourings. Growing your own herbs allows you to experience the sheer pleasure of picking your own mix of herbs; whether it is a few sprigs of parsley, some sweet smelling basil leaves or origanum, […]