- A(n) herb is a
plant that is valued for qualities such as medicinal properties,
flavor, scent, or the like.
- A medicinal herb
may be a shrub or other woody plant, whereas a culinary herb is a
non-woody plant, typically using the leaves.
- Herbs are various
kinds of herbaceous plants whose fresh or dried parts are used to
season foods, provide fragrances, supply natural dyes, or make
industrial or pharmaceutical products.
- The beginning
herb gardener might want to start by growing herbs such as basil,
chive, dill, oregano, parsley, sage, and thyme.
- Harvest time is
determined by the growing condition of the herb, rather than by a
specific date or month.
- Annual herbs like
basil or dill live for only one season. They go from seedling to a
thriving plant that produces flowers and then seeds in a single
- The most commonly
used methods for curing herbs are air drying, silica sand drying,
and drying with heat.
- Many herbs can
successfully be dried for long-term storage, certain delicate herbs,
such as parsley, basil and chives, lose many of their aromatic
qualities when dried.
- Herbs that are
going to be used in culinary recipes can successfully be frozen for
- The Phytosome®
process is a patented technology combining herbal extracts with
phospholipids (lecithin) for increased absorption of the herb.
- When an herbal
product is not standardized, you have absolutely no idea how much of
the herb's key compound(s) you are actually getting. Standardization
process guarantees a consistent and appropriate level of each
plant's medicinal elements within each of the product formulations
- Growing herbs for
the medicinal market has received a lot of interest from potential
commercial growers, but it is still a new and uncertain market.
- In most western
countries, the vast majority of herbs are imported. In Australia 90%
of herbs used commercially are imported.
- A new
market that can be seen developing at the moment is herbs planted in
pots sold for the customer to grow.
- Two main
types of processed herbs which are available on the market are air
dried and freeze-dried.
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