Herb of the Month

Oregano

January 29th, 2013|Categories: Herb of the Month|

Oregano is a popular herb used in various styles of cooking. It is native to warm temperate climates, especially in Mediterranean countries. The plants like a dry climate and should be planted in early spring in a dry soil where it can get the maximum sunlight. Oregano can also be grown well in pots or other containers. The plant should be kept well pruned and pinched out at all times during the growing process, keeping it rounded and bushy. […]

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Nutmeg

December 26th, 2012|Categories: Herb of the Month|

Nutmeg is the seed of the evergreen Myristica tree, which is still found mainly on the islands of Indonesia. The Nutmeg tree is important for not only the spice Nutmeg, but also for Mace. The fruit is light yellow with red and green markings, resembling an apricot or a large plum. As the fruit matures, the outer fleshy covering bursts to reveal the seed. […]

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Mint

November 27th, 2012|Categories: Herb of the Month|

Mint is probably one of the most familiar herbs that is used in cooking and medicines throughout the world. There are many different species of mint and it grows prolifically throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and North America. Mint is a very aromatic herb, the leaves of which can come in various colours from dark green and purple to pale yellow. The leaves tend to have a slightly furred feel to them. Mint likes moist, shaded soil although the plants can grow in full sun. It can become very invasive to other plants and it is advisable to grow it in a pot, or in a bottomless container, sunk in the ground. The flowers of the Mint plant are white to purple which usually develop four seeds contained in a dry capsule. […]

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Lovage

October 29th, 2012|Categories: Herb of the Month|

Lovage is very distinctive with its yellow umbrella shaped flowers and large shiny greeny yellow leaves and because it grows quite tall it is usually found at the back of herb [...]

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Horseradish

September 27th, 2012|Categories: Herb of the Month|

Horseradish is a favourite condiment. It traditionally accompanies Roast Beef, but it can be an addition to a number of dishes including sandwiches and salad. It is a perennial plant from the Brassica family, which includes mustard, broccoli and cabbage. It is native to south east Europe, but is grown throughout the world. […]

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Ginger

August 29th, 2012|Categories: Herb of the Month|

Ginger is probably one of the most common and popular herbs used in cooking and medicine. The Ginger Root, or rhizome, can be used, as can Ground Ginger. The Ginger Plant is often used in gardens of subtropical homes as it produces attractive clusters of white and pink buds that develop into yellow flowers. It is a perennial reed-like plant with a leafy stem and can grow up to 4ft. […]

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Fennel

July 30th, 2012|Categories: Herb of the Month|

Fennel is a hardy, perennial, umbelliferous herb with yellow flowers and feathery leaves. It is indigenous to the shores of the Mediterranean, but has become widely naturalised in many parts of [...]

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Elderberry

June 30th, 2012|Categories: Herb of the Month|

Many of us probably remember Elderberry from our youth, possibly making Elderberry wine with the flowers or berries. There are between 5 and 30 species of this shrub or small tree. It is native to temperate to subtropical regions of both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. Native species of Elderberry are often planted by people wishing to support native butterfly and bird species. […]

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Dill

June 2nd, 2012|Categories: Herb of the Month|

Dill (Anethum graveolens) – eneldo in Spanish is, depending on where it is grown, either a perennial or annual herb. It grows up to 40-60cm and has a slender stem with soft, delicate leaves. The small flowers are a yellowy white and they produce slightly curved seeds which are grouped in the shape of an umbrella. […]

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