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 […]

Garlic, Society Garlic (like chives) This plant is often confused with chives because it looks similar and can be used in the place of it. Originating from South Africa, the plant is often used in Chinese or Malay cooking.  The flavor and scent is reminiscent of garlic and the flavor […]

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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