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Fresh Dill, Dillweed, Spice Box

Dill – Prized Herb of the Greeks

Fresh, green and feathery. Dill has been a symbol of vitality and prosperity since classical antiquity (ancient Greek and Roman times). It has also had its place in folklore. In the Middle Ages, dill had a reputation of containing magical properties and was used as a powerful ingredient in many enchanting spells concocted by witches […]

Thyme Tips - Superstar of the Herb Garden

Thyme – Superstar of the Herb Garden

As superstar of the herb garden, thyme is one of the most important herbs in the European kitchen. In the Mediterranean world, thyme was once believed to be a symbol for courage, with Roman soldiers bathing in thyme infused water in the belief that they would gain vitality, strength and courage. It was also believed […]

Seasonal Spotlight: Chive Buds & Blossoms

Seasonal Spotlight: Chive Buds & Blossoms

Chives with their beautiful purple buds are one of the prettiest things I’ve stumbled across at the farmers’ market lately. And guess what? The entire plant is edible, even when in full bloom with its pale purple flowers! You’re probably familiar with chives and their delicate just-the-right-amount-of onion-without-being-overpowering flavor. But what about their pretty little […]

Ground Sumac Spice

Getting To Know: Ground Sumac Spice

Sumac has long been used as a seasoning in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine (most notably as a key ingredients in za’atar) and there’s good reason that it’s gaining increased popularity and is becoming a welcome addition to any spice cupboard. Just a sprinkle of this Middle Eastern spice instantly improves any dish, making it […]

Uses and Health Benefits of Fresh Sage Herb

Sage – The Holy Herb

In Greek mythology, sage was believed to be a powerful protector and healing agent that was sacred to the gods. It was also commonly believed to strengthen the memory, hence “a sage”, or wise man with a many memories and profound wisdom. Seeking immortality? According to Medieval folklore, all you have to do is take […]

Tarragon Health Benefits and Uses

Tarragon

Although tarragon is originally native to Siberia and western Asia, it is one of the classic herbs found in a French kitchen. The name itself, is derived from the Latin word “dracunculus” which means “little dragon” and also has ties to the French word ‘estragon’ which also means ‘little dragon’. The origins of this name […]

Mint

Bright and happy, mint is more than just a pretty little sprig garnishing your dessert plate. Few flavors are more refreshing than the clean, cool taste of mint. Extremely versatile, it’s one of the most useful medicinal and culinary herbs. It’s fabulous in both sweet and savory dishes and in the Mediterranean, it’s a treasured […]

Parsley

For me there’s nothing more delicious than a beautifully prepared meal using simple, high quality, fresh ingredients. This includes glorious fresh herbs, in all their light, clean, fresh glory. The Romans were the first to make culinary use of parsley and had a custom of placing a sprig of it on their plates to guard […]