Category: Herbs - page 4

Herbs
Herbs have been grown for many thousands of years and used as remedies, preserving food, dyeing, as repellents, purifying the air and of course in cooking.
We have listed the Herb plants that we attempt to keep in stock but due to seasonal conditions, some may be temporarily unavailable. These lists are intended to be fairly comprehensive, however some other varieties are available on occasions and may not be listed below. Remember always seek advice from your medical professional before taking a plant for medicinal purposes.

BASIL BUSH – Ocimum minimum

Fertilise

A bushy annual plant reaching 50cm high. Frost tender. Leaves have cinnamon, clove and aniseed aromas. It has a milder flavour than Sweet Basil but can be used in the same dishes as sweet basil. Due to its compact size it is ideal for pots.

ASPARAGUS – Asparagus officinalis

Fertilise

Perennial with creeping rhizomes growing up to 1.4m. Frost tolerant. Plant dies down each winter to produce new shoots in spring. Prefers a deep well-drained and manured soil. Young shoots/spears appear in spring and can crop for 3 months. It is best not to pick the spears for the first couple of years so the plant can develop a strong root system. Once established plants can live up to 20 years. Asparagus can be steamed, blanched, roasted, fried or are even delicious raw.

ARTICHOKE GLOBE – Cynara scolymus

Fertilise

Clump forming perennial with deeply cut grey/green leaves which can grow to 1m or more in a sunny position. Frost hardy. Plants will bear fruit for 3-4 years after which they should be divided and replanted.

Culinary uses: Pick unopened flower heads when still tight and tender. These can be boiled, baked, fried or marinated. 

Medicinal uses: Said to repair damaged liver cells and aid poor digestion.

ARTHRITIS HERB ‘GOTU KOLA’ – Centella asiatica

Wet

Spreading evergreen perennial to a height of 10cm. Frost Hardy. Likes a boggy spot with some shade so is great to plant around ponds. They can be quite bitter especially if grown in the sun so you can add to a sandwich or salad each day, or in soups or curries.

Medicinal uses: Take 1 or 2 40cm leaves daily to aid in the temporary relief of arthritis. Edible in small amounts only. Always consult with your medical practitioner.

Aloe Vera – Aloe vera

Dry

Non-edible. Succulent perennial which grows to about 60cm both high and wide. Prefers full sun and good drainage. Growth will be slower if plant kept indoors. Not frost tolerant. Said to be have been used in herbal medicine for 5000 years.

Medicinal uses: The juice of the leaves can be applied directly to the skin to help relieve pain of burns, sunburn and insect bites.