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Home-grown herbs are best for fragrance and flavour
Gardening

Home-grown herbs are best for fragrance and flavour

Every garden needs herbs.Even if you never cook, sage, rosemary and so many other herbs could greatly enrich your planting. Lavenders, thymes and oregano are as pretty and fragrant as the finest garden plants. Home-grown herbs also taste better than supermarket products. Dried herbs could never beat the complex, subtle flavours of fresh parsley, tarragon or basil. Newly chopped spearmint couldn't be less like the sugary gunk in jars. Herbs are easy to grow, especially in a sunny garden. The most common are fully hardy. A few, such as basil and coriander are tender. But they're easy to raise from seed. If you grow basil, you could make and store your own pesto. Sow coriander and you can enjoy the fresh, citrussy leaves. Pretty pink flowers follow, then the uniquely flavoured seeds ripen...
We’ve been using herbs all wrong. Here’s three recipes that get it right
Herbal Recipes

We’ve been using herbs all wrong. Here’s three recipes that get it right

We don’t need herbs,” says Mark Diacono, a man who has just written an entire cookbook about them. He goes on to call them “unnecessary” and adds, quite heartlessly, that “we can perfectly merrily eat for the rest of our lives without herbs and we will live”. However, they are also “the thing that makes the difference between feeding and eating,” he says, turning this dark tale into a light-filled parable. “It’s the unnecessary brilliance of [using herbs] that just makes you want to eat this delightful thing and get pleasure from it.” And so, in conclusion, we actually do very much need herbs on our plates and growing windowsills, and Diacono, food writer, photographer and creator of Otter Farm – a nursery designed to encourage people to grow “unusual and forgotten food” – is very willin...
Four Powerful Ways to Improve Your Health…with Herbs!
Herbal Medicine

Four Powerful Ways to Improve Your Health…with Herbs!

A 2017 survey found that more than one-third of Americans have added herbs to their health regimen. Why? Herbs offer a different kind of support for well-being. A natural touch. Nature has long provided mankind with powerful health solutions. For millennia, the Ayurvedics and Chinese artfully studied and utilized plants for their healing properties. Many of their traditional medicines are still prevalent today in certain cultures. Likewise, Native Americans discovered and employed nature’s gifts for targeted health support. Thankfully, these natural healing properties have not been lost and are ! Take a look at four botanicals that can make your life healthier and better: Ashwagandha for All-over Support This adaptogenic herb is well-known for having a multitude of health benefits, i...
Gardening expert says herbs will rot in ‘double time’ if you don’t follow key drainage tip
Gardening

Gardening expert says herbs will rot in ‘double time’ if you don’t follow key drainage tip

Herbs are a great way to add colour, texture and a pleasant scent to your garden. They’re also a perfect accompaniment to a plethora of summer dishes. However, many Britons believe that you need a garden to grow herbs, but gardening expert Matt James has explained how this isn’t the case. In a 2013 video for Waitrose & Partners, Matt shared how you can plant herbs using bags, baskets and containers. He said the attractive plant bed will see you through the year. While sharing his technique, Matt also shared a “key thing to remember when growing herbs” or risk them rotting more quickly. Matt said: “Herbs aren’t just great for the garden. You can grow them in containers too. “Now obviously you can grow them in individual containers. “Alternatively, how about something like this. C...
Easy Homemade Garlic Herb Knots
Herbal Recipes

Easy Homemade Garlic Herb Knots

Why hello giant garlicky, buttery, herby parmesan knots. Okay so confession time. Last weekend Malloree wanted to make us a particular pasta recipe she found. Earlier that day while shopping for the ingredients, I picked up store-bought garlic knots because, easy. And although delicious, they were so very small. I knew I could do better. So the following week, not only did I shoot/blog her version of the pasta recipe – which will be coming your way this Wednesday- but I also made these homemade garlic herb knots. What’s great about this recipe is that the garlic knots are made with pizza dough. I took my go-to pizza dough recipe and the only difference is that I used bread flour instead of all-purpose. I did this just so that the texture would be more tender. Get the recipe at Simply Sc...
Cubans, amid medicine scarcity, turn to herbal remedies and bartering
Herbal Medicine

Cubans, amid medicine scarcity, turn to herbal remedies and bartering

Dayana Rodriguez says her son is overwhelmed with scabies but she has not been able to find any of the treatments prescribed by their doctor at the poorly-stocked pharmacies in Havana so she is now turning to a herbal remedy instead. Even as Cuba is leading the race to become the first country in Latin America to develop its own COVID-19 vaccine, the country is suffering acute shortages of basic medicines amid its worst economic crisis in decades. "There aren't any of the ones they prescribed him, Benzyl benzoate, or the other one for itching too that used to be in all the pharmacies," said Rodriguez, buying medicinal plants at a shop on a commercial boulevard in Central Havana. Nine families in Havana told Reuters they were struggling to treat outbreaks of scabies, a highly infectious ...
Sip the flavours of the boreal forest with tea from this Thunder Bay company
Wild Herbs

Sip the flavours of the boreal forest with tea from this Thunder Bay company

While Lee-Ann Chevrette's love of the outdoors has been lifelong, an experience she had on a solo canoe trip in Quetico Provincial Park about a dozen years ago was particularly inspirational. "I just felt so alive and so happy," she said. "I felt like like I wanted to capture of the essence of the feeling that I had ... I wanted to bottle it," she said. Shortly after, Boreal Forest Teas was born. The business — which started in 2009 — blends organic cultivated herbs with wild harvested plants from the boreal forest. Jonathan Pinto spoke with Lee-Ann Chevrette, owner of Boreal Forest Teas in Thunder Bay. The business blends organic cultivated herbs with wild harvested plants from the boreal forest. Jonathan started by asking how the business began. Read more at CBC.
A Comprehensive Guide to Oregano: How to Grow, Prune, Dry, and Store the Herb
Gardening

A Comprehensive Guide to Oregano: How to Grow, Prune, Dry, and Store the Herb

Here's how to grow, prune,dry, and store oregano. Oregano is easy to maintainand can be grown inside or out. Be sure to plant your herb in an area withlots of sun for its best chance to flourish. If you live in a naturally warm climate,set your oregano plants up in anarea with some shade. Take your sprouted plants or clippings andspace them 8-to- 10-inches apart, and ensurethat they have well-drained but moist soil. Once your oregano plants reacharound four-inches in height,they're ready to be pruned. Prune oregano using extrasharp kitchen scissors. Dry your herbs by hanging them up withtwine in a shaded area of your home. Read more at Yahoo News.
The ancient art of bush medicine can help with many ailments
Herbal Medicine

The ancient art of bush medicine can help with many ailments

Bush medicine business is booming for Vivienne ‘Binyarn’ Hansen, but profit isn’t in the equation. “It’s not about making money. It’s about helping people, making them well or making them feel better,” said the Balladong Wadjuk Yorga woman from the Bibbulmun Nation, or Noongar people. Vivienne confirms that prominent people including child health expert Fiona Stanley and footballers Gary Ablett, Liam Ryan, Josh Kennedy and Nic Naitanui have had success with Vivienne’s bush medicine. “Some has been passed to people from my rellies. I have a granddaughter, Imahra Cameron, playing AFLW for the Eagles, a nephew who played AFL for Gold Coast and some playing for the Dockers,” Vivienne said from her Kelmscott home. “Fiona Stanley ended up getting a tub for a granddaughter whose eczema appare...
Five recipes to make the most from herbs
Herbal Recipes

Five recipes to make the most from herbs

I have spent decades designing kitchen gardens, growing and using an almost impossible variety of herbs at Otter Farm, at River Cottage and in my own small garden. Whether in the garden or kitchen, herbs are elevators, transporters engaging us in a way that a potato or a cauliflower, however glorious, cannot hope to. The elevating quality of herbs is really just awaiting your exploration. Summer savoury and tomatoes, dill and salmon, lovage and Lancashire cheese; these mark the merest tip of the herbal iceberg. You don’t even have to try to be clever with herbs: they offer a wealth of clothes for even the simplest ingredients to dress up in. Keep reading at The Times.