Safflower: History, Flavor, Benefits, Uses

Safflower is an annual herbaceous flowering plant. The flowers are produced in heads upon tall stems, containing yellow, orange, or red flowers. Safflower petals have many medicinal and culinary uses. They’re rich in minerals and Vitamin B-3, and it has a mild taste (with undertones of chocolate and tobacco.) Safflower …

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Lemon Thyme

Lemon Thyme: History, Flavor, Benefits, Uses

Lemon thyme is a type of herb that belongs to the mint family. As its name suggests, it has a strong lemon flavor that is perfect for adding a zesty touch to fish, chicken, and vegetables. In addition to its culinary uses, lemon thyme is also prized for its medicinal …

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Summer Savory

Summer Savory: History, Flavor, Benefits, Uses

Summer savory is a herb that belongs to the mint family. It is a perennial plant that is native to the Mediterranean region. The plant has small, oval-shaped leaves and produces white or pale pink flowers. Summer savory is often used as a culinary herb, as it has a mild, …

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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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