Anise is an herbaceous annual plant often confused with fennel. It is prizes for the essential oil derived from its seeds, which have a licorice flavoring used in liquors such as absinthe and ouzo as well as in the kitchen. In India, anise seeds are chewed after meals to aid digestion and to sweeten the […]

Black currants have four times more Vitamin C than oranges. In fact, during World War II, the British government provided black currant syrup for free to English children to prevent scurvy. In the Kitchen Try black currant jams, preserves, baked items, and liquors such as Creme de Cassis. In the Garden Black currants can produce […]

Sage has been held in high regard for its culinary and medicinal properties. Its scientific name is derived from the Latin word “salver” which means “to be saved.” Some studies show that this herb may be helpful as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. In the Kitchen Sage can be used in many dishes including in sauces, […]

Thyme has been used as a natural medicine for chest and respiratory problems such as cough, bronchitis and chest congestion. In the Kitchen Fresh thyme is a wonderful savory addition to sauces, soups, stews and egg dishes. It adds a citrus taste to fish, chicken, stuffing or bean dishes. In the Garden Thyme is a […]