This plant has complex aromas of Anise type with a slight Fennel and Mint background. It is perfectly suitable for being paired with fish, vegetable soups, sauces and pickles. Using dill gives more flavour fresh than dried. Its seeds are also used for flavoring pickles. Dill requires full sun, good drainage, and rich soil to thrive. Despite its frail appearance, dill is considered as a hardy annual and drought resistant herb. The voluminous plant can reach a height of 70 cm. Even though it can be directly sowed, it is advised to make a transplant. Dill well grows in pots.
This plant with very aromatic leave. It is used in cooking for flavouring salads, sauces and pasta. The basil adapts successfully to heat and to every possible type of soil. It produces better results with transplant done at the third and fourth leaf stage.
This plant related to the Onion is grown as a bisannual. Plants produce a little elongated bulb and a long slender stalk. All the aerian parts of the plants can be consummed. An easily grown plant, chives prefers a sunny position in a light well-drained soil but tolerates most soils. It is also tolerant to high temperatures and can be grown in the Tropics.
This plant has thin, hollow and dark green leaves that develop into compact clumps. It is used as an aromatic seasoning blend called “Fines Herbes”. This vigorous plant adapts to every kind of soils. Its leaves regrow after each cut. They are also one of the better herbs to grow inside on a sunny windowsill to keep the harvest coming all year. They are best when used fresh, but they can also be frozen, or dried for herb blends.
This plant is also called «Arabic parsley» or «Chinese parsley». Famous throughout North Africa, its leaves are used in gingerbread, cookies, sausages, soups, stews and chicken dishes. Its crushed seeds are also used for curry making and invigorating the taste of fishes and meats. Morphologically close to the Parsley, its leaves are deeply denticulated and the plant can reach 60 cm high. The tender young leaves are the tastiest. The Coriander is a relatively easy to grow annual, requiring partial shade to full sun, moderately rich soil, and good drainage. Because it attracts bees, it is a welcome addition to any garden. It can also be grown in pots. Dried leaves of coriander remain aromatic for several months.
Mint is native to temperate and subtropical areas which permits an excellent adaptation to hot season crops. Usually used as aromatic plant, the are use to favor tea, tabbouleh or candies. This specie appreciates very humide soil and can bear frequent harvests.
Parsley is a bisannual plant that can reach 80 cm high. It is grown all around the world.Fresh leaves are consumed to season dish or like garnish and are rich in vitamins A and C. They can be stored dried or frozen. This specie prefers soft soils rich in humus.
The sage develops a persistent and aromatic foliage. The leaves, soft, silvery green in colour, have a finely pebbled texture. Its grinded leaves are used for terrines. Entire leaves invigorate the taste of fish and meat. Because of its medicinal qualities, the sage is also commonly used in infusion. Widespread in Southern regions, the sage requires low moisture and is suitable for warm light grounds. It can become voluminous and expedites production during several years if hard frost is avoided. The sage can also be grown in pots.
Native of the Mediterranean Basin, the common thyme is widely used in cooking. This herb is well adapted to all soils but needs to be grown in sunny areas with good drainage. Drought conditions tend to concentrate the oils, producing a more potent herb. It can be grown easily in pots on balconies facing South.