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, […]

Sweet Basil

Sweet on Basil No other herb quite conjures up the spicy-sweet fragrance of the summer kitchen garden like sweet basil (Ocimumbasilicum). Being a summer annual, it grows quickly and easily from seed but if the cook in the home is impatient for fresh leaves, there is also a plentiful supply of seedlings or individual potted […]

Healthy Herbs For Winter

Healthy Herbs for winter Herbs are a comforting presence in winter. It most likely has to do with the fact that they have been used for centuries to relieve all kinds of ailments, especially for those related to winter chills and ills. Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is the prince among winter healing herbs. It strengthens the […]

Prepare Your Own Winter Herb Pharmacy

Preparing your winter herb garden Pull up summer annuals like basil, dill, borage, to make space for winter herbs or veggies. Add borage plants to the compost heap; the leaves are full of minerals and also act as a compost activator Replenish the soil with compost, adding it to beds where summer annuals have grown […]

Horseradish

Horseradish  Its root is the most valued part and this is harvested when the plant dies down in autumn. The pungent horseradish sauce that delivers a kick to salads, sauces, mustard and even mayonnaise, is made from the grated raw root. The ground root also has many healing actions; as a mild antibiotic, expectorant and […]

The Power Of Parsley

The power of parsley If a herb can be described as humble, then parsley fits the bill. This underrated herb is usually part of every herb garden but is often only used as a garnish. To give parsley its due here are 10 ways to use it – in addition to its ability to pretty-up […]

Horseradish

Herb Focus – Horseradish

Herb focus – Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) The pungent horseradish sauce that delivers a kick to salads, sauces, mustard and even mayonnaise, is made from the grated raw root. The ground root also has many healing actions; as a mild antibiotic, expectorant and diuretic that promotes perspiration making it useful for breaking fevers, especially those associated […]