Lemongrass

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citrates), also known as citronella, is a favorite flavoring ingredient in Asian cuisines, particularly Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese. This tall, fibrous tropical grass is native to India, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia and has a distinct lemony fragrance that comes from an essential oil known as citral. It has a white fleshy bulbous base where most

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Thyme

Thyme is used widely throughout Western and Middle Eastern cuisines. A perennial garden favorite and a member of the mint family, it is believed to have originated in Mediterranean Europe. Its tender leaves are about ¼-inch or 6 mm, even smaller than those of oregano, and are green or variegated green and yellow, depending on the variety. They have an earthy somewhat peppery

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Basil

Basil, or Ocimum basilicum, as it is officially known, is nothing short of pure alchemy. How else can you describe its uncanny ability to harness the summer sun and deliver it directly to your tastebuds? Highly aromatic but mild in flavor with a hint of anise and mint, it brightens anything it touches

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Cloves

Cloves make a command performance during the holidays:  They’re on stage to flavor the pumpkin pie and gingerbread men, stud the Christmas ham, and make a fragrant pomander. While their warmth and sweetness make them especially popular during fall and winter, cloves shouldn’t be hidden in the spice cabinet the rest of the year. One of the

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Sage

Once honored for its medicinal properties, Sage (Salvia Officinalis) was essentially thought to be the key to a long life. The botanical name itself is derived from the Latin salvere, meaning “to be saved.” Native to the Mediterranean and Asia Minor regions, the aromatic plant was considered by Ancient Romans to have extraordinary healing properties,

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Rosemary

Rosemary is, perhaps, the most storied of all herbs. It is featured prominently in the myths and legends of ancient Greece and Rome where it was revered more for medicinal than culinary usage. It played an important role in both wedding and funeral rituals, symbolizing love, loyalty, friendship, and remembrance. Native to the rocky, coastal

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Vanilla

Vanilla, renowned for its highly complex aroma and unique flavor, is the second -most expensive spice in the world, after saffron, due to its labor-intensive cultivation. Native to Mexico, it is popular the world over— particularly in desserts—but has more recently found its way into savory dishes. Vanilla pods are produced by a vine-link orchid that

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Cilantro

Considered one of the most popular herbs in the world, cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) is recognized for its delicate green leaves and fresh, distinctive flavor.  This leafy green is known by many names, including fresh coriander, coriander leaves, Chinese parsley, Mexican parsley, and dhania. All parts of this plant are edible, but its leaves and dried

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