Thai basil is widely used in the cuisines of Southeast Asia, including Thai, Vietnamese, Lao, and Cambodian cuisines. In addition to having a basil flavor, the herb has overtones of anise and licorice. It is a welcome addition to any Hawaii garden, as it is a tropical perennial that can be harvested throughout the year. […]

Pandan   Pandanus amaryllifolius is a tropical plant commonly known simply as pandan leaves and is used widely in South Asian and Southeast Asian cooking as a flavoring.  Leaves tied in a knot give off a jasmine-like scent and add flavor when cooked with rice.  Pandan is also widely used […]

Britton Shiso From Johnny’s Seeds.  Eye-catching green leaves with red undersides.  Good salad mix item, or use larger leaves as sushi wraps or garnishes.  Grows well in moderate sun/heat for best colors.  Like cilantro, does not appreciate too much heat and will bolt (go to seed).  Pinch back to get […]

Papalo Originally from Johnny’s Seeds.  Large, bluish green leaves with a flavor reminiscent of cilantro and arugula. Popular in Hispanic communities where it is used like cilantro.  Heat and drought-tolerant, prefers to dry out before being re-watered.  Also known as summer cilantro because it thrives in exceptional heat. (Seeds also […]

Lemongrass Lemongrass is a tropical herb used in Asian cooking, as well as in teas, sauces, and soups. In the garden, lemongrass forms a tall, grassy clump 3 to 6 feet tall. Lemongrass can be grown in containers but must occasionally be split into new ones as the clump expands. […]

Oregano (Cuban) Cuban oregano, a succulent herb, is native to India and not a “true oregano.”  However, it can be used in place of oregano in cooking and is a hardy plant requiring not much more than sunlight, scant water and an occasional treat of fertilizer.  The plant grows upward […]

Oregano (traditional) Traditional oregano, a perennial herb, is native to temperate western and southwestern Eurasia and the Mediterranean region.  It likes moist well-drained soil and thrives in partial shade.  Oregano makes a great ground cover, putting out roots where the stalk touches the soil.  As an herb it is used […]

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