Is it a Herb or is it a Spice?
The difference between herbs and spices is simply the part of the plant used.
The leaves and flowers of a plant are generally regarded as the herbs, while the seeds, roots, stigmas and even the bark are considered to be spices.
For many thousands of years, herbs have been considered magical plants – humans have used them for millennia as food and as medicine. Those whho knew what to do with herbs were sometimes treated with suspicion and sometimes revered.
Spices, on the other hand, were shrouded in mystery until recent times – their exotic nature and origins were mythologized by the spice traders over the centuries to keep the prices as high as possible.
in our present information-packed world we can have it all, and growing herbs and spices at home is one of the most satisfying projects anyone can take on.
The wonderful taste of herbs and spices can encourage even the most jaded palate to enjoy good food again. And the more good food we eat the less we want the stuff that is not so good for us! ( extract from Herbs & Spices Herbs and Healing )
Herb Growing Kit
Found this fabulous herb gift pack at Thompson & Morgan UK
The kit features five unique packets of seeds allowing you to grow Rocket Salad, Basil Sweet Garden, Parsley Moss Curled, Coriander (leaf) to Garlic Chives.
Basil Sweet Green is an interesting alternative to traditional sweet basil, this variety has hints of mint and clove.
The packet of Parsley Moss Curled Seeds produces tightly curled, rich green leaved parsley that is ideal for using as a garnish or for adding to soups and sauces.
Garlic Chives, also known as Chinese chives, differ from traditional chives, they bare flat leaves and a delicate mild garlic flavour, making an excellent addition to salads, stews, fish, egg and meat dishes.
The Coriander Seeds (Leaf) provide an extremely quick growing herb that is particularly popular in Asian Cuisine, it bares aromatic leaves that can really add flavour to a dish.
Rocket Salad is a leader in the salad market for its peppery flavour, this is the perfect contrast to other salad leaves.
Simply soak the peat disks provided in water, they expand to roughly seven times their original size, crumble it into the peat starter growing pots and add the seeds. There are even handy garden tips to instruct you on how to grow and care for your new colourful crops, maximizing your potential yield.
This kit contains:
1 x Packet of Rocket Salad Seeds
1 x Packet of Basil Sweet Green Seeds
1 x Packet of Parsley Moss Curled Seeds
1 x Packet of Coriander (leaf) Seeds
1 x Packet of Garlic Chive Seeds
1 x Pair of Garden Snips
5 x Starter Growing Peat Pots
5 x Plant Markers
5 x Peat Growing Plugs
Treat someone you love to this gorgeous gift (UK delivery only) Herb Kit
Happy Herb Gardening!