• Thyme

    If you are a spice and herb aficionado, you might one day ask yourself, “Hmmm, I wonder if there’s a herb that was once prized by both Roman emperors and Victorian children?” ...Okay, so maybe no one would ever ask themselves that question. But, as it happens, the answer is “thyme.” Thyme is thought to be one of the oldest herbs known to humankind. The herb is a member of the mint family and is indigenous to the Mediterranean, thriving in Europe, western Asia, and North Africa. Like other herbs from this region—such as basil—thyme has...
  • Basil

    Basil’s Latin name, basileus, means “king,” so it’s no wonder the fragrant green plant is known as the King of Herbs. People have used basil for a variety of purposes for 4,000–5,000 years, and over time it has been associated with death, love, religion, and virginity. Modern North Americans tend to associate basil with Italian cooking, but basil is actually native to the tropical regions of central Africa, India, and Southeast Asia. In India, a variety of the plant known as “holy basil” or “tulsi,” is sacred in Hinduism. Tulasi, or Tulsi, the wife of the...
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