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Five favourites – herbs

Queen of herbs, Jekka McVicar, shares her five favourite herbs to grow

Jekka McVicar (Photographer – Andrew Maybury)

Herbs provide a feast for the senses, they are the high notes in the orchestra as the conductor makes the music swirl around the auditorium. Herbs are very generous, they complement many meals and turn the simplest ingredients into a feast. However, herbs are far more than just flavour. The famous quote, attributed to Hippocrates, ‘Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food’ further enforces their importance as food for our health and well-being. I’d encourage everyone to have a pot or two for use in cooking.


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Lemon verbena

Lemon verbena is the Rolls-Royce of bedtime herbal infusions. An infusion made from the highly fragrant leaves, that have a lemon sherbet flavour, has mild sedative properties which makes it a most relaxing and calming bedtime drink. The fresh leaves can also be used in fruit puddings, oils and vinegars.

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