Bay Leaves

Bay Leaves: A Simple Spice For Complex Flavor

Almost anyone who has made a basic soup or stew has used bay leaves to flavor the dish. Bay leaves have been such a staple ingredient in soups and stews that most of us use them as we always have without giving them a second thought. With a multitude of …

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Tarragon

Tarragon: An Herb Favorite of French Cuisine

Tarragon is a small, shrubby herb that is native to western Asia and southern Russia. Today, it grows wild across a great deal of North America and Eurasia with France leading the world in cultivation. Tarragon Flavor Profile This herb is very aromatic and has a flavor that is slightly …

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Oregano

Oregano: The Staple Herb That Packs a Punch

Ever since US soldiers returned from World War II with a special affinity for what they referred to as “the pizza herb”, oregano has been a staple on spice racks across America. In other countries, oregano has been an important culinary and medicinal herb for centuries. Oregano is a member …

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Thyme

Thyme: A Truly Timeless Ancient Herb

Thyme is an ancient evergreen herb that has been renowned for its myriad uses for thousands and thousands of years. In addition to its value as a culinary herb, it is also known for uses both medicinal and ornamental. It is a member of the mint family and a relative …

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Lemongrass

Lemongrass: The World’s Most Flavorful & Beneficial Grass

Lemongrass is a variety of tropical island plant in the grass family. It is closely related to citronella, a well-known component of insect-repelling candles and oils. Native to Thailand, India, Sri Lanka and Burma, lemongrass has become so popular worldwide that it is now cultivated in a wide variety of …

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Sage

Sage: The Essential Old World Herb

There are more than 900 species of sage, only a handful of which are used in cooking. This member of the mint family is native to the Mediterranean. More than half of the world’s sage supply today is harvested from Croatia, Albania, and Montenegro. It’s also cultivated in Bosnia, Serbia, …

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Rosemary

Rosemary: The Herb Of Remembrance

Origin of Rosemary Rosemary is a perennial herb and a member of the mint family. It is incredibly fragrant, with needle-like leaves (much like an evergreen) and flowers that may be white, pink, blue, or purple. This herb is native to the Mediterranean. Today, however, it is primarily grown commercially …

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