Rosemary

Rosemary is an herb in the Labitae, or mint, family and native to the Mediterranean region. Known as the "herb of remembrance" in the days of Hamlet, researchers have recently found that rosemary to prevents the breakdown of a brain chemical called acetylcholine. Today this versatile herb is widely produced in France, Spain, and Portugal and used to season a variety of sweet and savory … [Read more...]

Sage

Sage is an herb from an evergreen shrub, Salvia officinalis, in the Labitae, or mint family. Its long, grayish-green leaves take on a velvety, cotton-like texture when rubbed (meaning ground lightly and passed through a coarse sieve). Sage is rich in antioxidants, has a fragrant aroma and an astringent but warm flavor. The name "sage"  comes from the Latin word “salia,” meaning “to … [Read more...]

Parsley

Parsley is a member of the Umbelliferae, or carrot, family. Although more than 30 varieties of parsley are grown, the most popular varieties are curly-leaf parsley and Italian or flat-leaf parsley. Parsley contains some vitamin C and beta-carotene, as well as flavonoids, chlorophyll and monoterpenes. Culinary Caution! Parsley should not be consumed in large amounts by pregnant … [Read more...]

Bay Leaves

Bay leaves come from the sweet bay or laurel tree, known botanically as Laurus nobilis. The elliptical leaves of both trees are green, glossy, and grow up to 3 inches long. Bay leaves are grown in the Mediterranean region and are a staple in American kitchens. The leaves also flavor classic French dishes such as bouillabaise and bouillon. Bay leaves are pungent and have a sharp, bitter … [Read more...]

Basil

Basil is a bright green, leafy plant, Ocimum basilicum, which is in the Labitae, or mint family. Basil is grown primarily in the United States, France, and the Mediterranean region. It is widely used in Italian cuisine and is often paired with tomatoes. It is also used in Thai cooking. Basil is rich in antioxidants and has a sweet, herbal bouquet and its name means “be … [Read more...]

Lemongrass

Lemongrass, also called citronella or sereh, is native to Asia and a staple in Thai cuisine. Highly aromatic, lemongrass has long, thin, gray-green leaves and a fleshy scallion-like base. The sour-lemon flavor and fragrance of lemongrass can be attributed to citral. … [Read more...]

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