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Home gardens in Italy?

I thought the essentials of an Italian herb garden were basil (basilico), parsley (prezzomolo),...

 

Quality is paramount at basil farms in Italy

I wondered if it was true that basil grown in the Liguria region of Italy was the best in the...

 

All hail the Herb King!

Basil (Ocimum Basilicum) was deemed "king of herbs" in ancient times. Basilius is the Greek word for...

 

Spring for sorrel

Sorrel has been a favorite culinary herb in Europe for centuries. It leafs out in the early spring...

 

Herb perfect pasta!

Pasta is formed into many different shapes from dough that combines flour, water and/or eggs. The...

 

Gone hoppan!

The word hop is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word hoppan, which means to climb. The hop vine...

 

Caution with comfrey!

Comfrey, (Symphytum officinalis) is an ancient perennial herb. The Romans called it conferva...

 

Herb and spice blends

For our final venture into spice land we will explore blends. These are dried mixes that combine spi...

 

Christmas past and present

We will compare today's Christmas meal with the celebratory feast that Christ and his loved ones...

 

Thyme for taste!

Thymus is an herb with several hundred species. You can fill your garden with thyme plants that...

 

Valerian or Jupiter's Beard?

It is not easy for a plant to remain popular when it smells so bad that it is nicknamed "Phu"....

 

Hateful horehound?

There are very few herb plants that I can't easily give away. White horehound (marrubium vulgare)...

 

Sage or sagebrush for dinner?

The answer is emphatically not sagebrush! This bush is in fact not salvia (sage) at all but an artem...

 

Unique basils

In September 2015 we covered several commonly grown basils. This time around we will talk about...

 

Herb snips

Many herbs grow naturally and go unnoticed in Tehachapi because they blend into the landscape and we...

 

Tangy tarragon

Tangy is the perfect descriptive word for French tarragon! It tastes like anise, pepper, licorice,...

 

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