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We sell a lot of herbs at Mosarte. Exotic ones. There are a lot of foodies out there who adore having a gourmet living herb garden in close proximity to the kitchen! There’s also a lot of natural remedy fans who seek out particular herbs for their medicinal properties. Here’s a run down of some of our current favourites and their culinary uses:
Thai Basil – Perennial species, attractive purple stems make it a great ornamental as well as culinary plant. Part of the mint family, strong hints of anise, licorice and cloves. Loves sun, will suffer in too much shade and overwatering. Used in aromatherapy to release emotional and physical tension.
Sorrel – A tangy, lemony herb that likes partial shade. Young leaves can be used in salads, while older leaves are for soups and stews. Quite high in oxalic acid, so those with arthritis and gout should only eat small quantities, but extremely high in Vitamin C.
Tarragon – Hardy perennial herb that likes full sun and can thrive in poor soils. Great companion plant for many other plants. Hints of anise, used extensively in French and Eastern European cuisine. Makes a great tea to remedy digestive complaints
Lemon Balm – Likes rich, moist soil, partial shade. Prune often and rigorously for thick growth and plentiful harvest. Great with fish. Widely medicinal – anxiety, depression, headaches, digestive complaints, antiseptic properties
Watercress – Peppery salad green that likes a cool, shady, moist location, or in a pond/water feature. Harvest as required to put in salads, soups or sandwiches. Very high is calcium, iron and vitamin C.
Chamomile – Drought-tolerant, largely pest-resistant, hardy herb that likes partial shade. Will suffer from too much watering. Chamomile tea used medicinally to ease indigestion and anxiousness, but can be used in garden as a natural insecticide, to combat damping off, and to promote germination.