Genovese Basil

Genovese Basil: History, Flavor, Benefits, Uses

What is Genovese Basil? Genovese basil is a cultivar of sweet basil, which is believed to have come from India and is also native to parts of Asia and Africa. Basil was brought to the Liguria region by the Ancient Romans, who believed that it was a healing herb. The …

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Lemon Myrtle

Lemon Myrtle: The Bush Tucker Citrus Herb

Lemon myrtle is an indigenous Australian plant that is native to the coastal part of Queensland, Australia. It is one of the most widely known of the bush tucker herbs sourced from the Australian wilderness.  Lemon myrtle leaves have been used by the Australian Aboriginal people for centuries. They used …

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Mexican Oregano

Mexican Oregano: A Mexican Herb With A Mediterranean Flavor

Mexican oregano is native to parts of Central America including Mexico and the Southwest US. Archeologists have found Mexican oregano leaves in various ancient sites in Mexico indicating that the herb has been used for a very long time. Mexican oregano is not related to Mediterranean oregano despite some shared …

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Saw Leaf

Saw Leaf: Vietnamese Coriander

The saw leaf plant is native to the Caribbean and Central America but has become naturalized in parts of Southeast Asia and Florida. It was taken to Southeast Asia by the Chinese who were seeking an alternative to cilantro. Saw leaf belongs to the same family that includes carrots and …

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Mugwort: A Medicinal Herb With A Beer History

Mugwort is native to Europe and Asia and used as both a medicine and a culinary herb on both continents. This herb is especially common throughout the United Kingdom. Mugwort was known in Ancient Rome and Roman soldiers are said to have put it in their sandals to give stamina …

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Carrot Greens

Carrot Greens: A Commonly Overlooked Leafy Green

Carrots originated in the region that is now Iran and Afghanistan. Early evidence suggests that the carrot’s use as a food goes back as far as 3000 BCE. Over its long history, this root vegetable has been cultivated to grow bigger and taste better than its ancestors. Early carrots came …

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Celery leaves

Celery Leaves: The Unsung Part Of The Celery Plant

The celery plant that supplies celery leaves comes from the Mediterranean region. The Ancient Egyptians used celery in their cult of the dead celebrations. Celery leaves were among the items found in the tomb of Tutankhamun. Celery was also highly prized by the Ancient Greeks, who used it as a …

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Kasuri Methi

Kasuri Methi: Dried Fenugreek Leaves

Kasuri methi is sometimes spelled kasoori methi. Sometimes this herb is referred to simply as methi leaves. All are versions of the name given to dried fenugreek leaves. Fenugreek is one of those plants that provide both a culinary herb and a spice. The leaves are the kasuri methi herb …

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