Herb of the Month

Saffron

April 26th, 2013|Categories: Herb of the Month|

Saffron is a spice derived from the flower of Crocus Sativus, commonly known as the Saffron Crocus. The Saffron Crocus can survive long hot summers and cold winters with temperatures as low as -10ºC. It reproduces by corms, which must be broken up and replanted each year. It is an autumn flowering perennial plant which usually bears up to four vivid crimson flowers. It is the stigmas of these flowers that are dried and used as seasoning and colouring in many different styles of cooking. […]

Rosemary

March 26th, 2013|Categories: Herb of the Month|

Rosemary is one of the most common herbs and is a woody, evergreen plant with needle-like leaves and white, pink, purple, or blue flowers. This fragrant herb is native to the Mediterranean region and is a member of the mint family. The name “rosemary” derives from the Latin for “dew” (ros) and “sea” (marinus), or “dew of the sea”, because in many locations, it needs no water other than the humidity carried by the sea breeze to live. […]

Parsley

February 27th, 2013|Categories: Herb of the Month|

Parsley or Garden Parsley is probably one of the most well known herbs. It is native to Europe, especially to the central Mediterranean area and is cultivated as a herb, spice and even a vegetable. Parsley derives its name from the Greek word meaning “rock celery” and is a biennial plant that will return to the garden year after year once it is established. It grows best in moist, well drained soil and likes the full sun and it can be grown easily from seed, although germination is slow. Parsley can be grown in pots and can often be found on kitchen window sills. […]

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. […]

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. […]

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. […]