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How Different Are Cumin and Black Cumin?

How Different Are Cumin and Black Cumin?

Both Cumin and Black Cumin derive from the Apiaceae genus of plants, and both are edible. Taste-wise, however, they are quite different from one another. Cumin in general is a popular spice used in Latin-America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and India for many traditional (and delicious!) regional dishes. Common Cumin (Cuminum Cyminum) Originating in the Mediterranean, cumin is one of many seeds used by ancient Romans as both a spice and a medicine. The Egyptians also had a use for cumin, although it was neither culinary nor medicinal; they used it mainly to preserve bodies before mummifying them! Cumin does have...

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Catnip (Nepeta cataria) - Not Only for Your Pet

Catnip / Catmint Herbs

Catnip (Nepeta cataria) - Not Only for Your Pet

Catnip is almost legendary for its cat-distracting and attracting powers, but thinking of it only in that context will make you miss out on the other uses of this attractive herb. Description Catnip is a perennial herb that is a member of the mint family; it is also commonly referred to as catmint or catswort. It grows between 1 and 4 feet high, depending on growing conditions, usually reaching around 2-3 feet high by 3 feet wide. The flowers are small and don't have much scent. They are white or lavender colored, tubular in shape with two lobes, and grow...

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Caraway Herb (Carum carvi) - Not Just Good for Bread!

Beneficial Plants Caraway Herbs

Caraway Herb (Carum carvi) - Not Just Good for Bread!

If you have ever had rye bread or caraway seed cakes, you are already familiar with the pungent, distinctive taste of the caraway plant. But, did you know that the caraway herb also has proven health benefits? Today we're going to look a little at the history and uses of this popular herb. The Origins of Caraway For as long as humans have had civilization, we have had caraway. That may sound like an exaggeration, but this hardy little herb thrives in the vast majority of western civilization, starting in the Fertile Crescent of the Mediterranean area, where human civilization...

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Borage: A Must Have, Multipurpose Herb for the Garden

Beneficial Plants Borage

Borage: A Must Have, Multipurpose Herb for the Garden

Are you looking for a cultivar that brings beauty and health to your home and garden? Few plants serve as many uses as borage, with its nodding blue or white flowers, soft fuzzy leaves, and prolific growth. Borage is native to Mediterranean and Middle East regions, but the hardy annual thrives most anywhere during the growing season.  Borage reseeds and naturalizes easily, but even mature plants require little effort to pull from the ground. The dark, oblong seeds are easy to harvest, even by small children, and dead-heading flowers encourages fresh blooms throughout the season.  The name "borago" likely derives from its native...

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What You Need To Know About Anise Herbs (Pimpinella Anisum)

Anise

What You Need To Know About Anise Herbs (Pimpinella Anisum)

The herb anise is one that is not often seen, but definitely has a distinctive taste and flavor to it. Though many tend to describe anise as "dainty" and "delicate," there is far more to the anise plant than what is seen on the surface. Not only is it a popular herb for culinary uses, but it is also associated with a host of medicinal benefits. This combination of both culinary and medicinal properties make anise a versatile herb for cultivation. History & Cultivation Anise can be traced as far back to the ancient Egyptians, and is native to the Middle...

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