Properties and Benefits of Lovage


Lovage (Levisticum officinale) is an aromatic seasoning plant found throughout Europe and southwest Asia. Lovage leaves, stems, seeds and root are all edible and aromatic essential oils can be obtained from the roots, seeds and leaves. The plant is an excellent source of antioxidants and its leaves and stems in particular are rich in nutritious … Read moreProperties and Benefits of Lovage

Properties and Benefits of Caraway


Perfect for rice dishes, breads, cakes, various desserts, cheeses, tomato soups, potato or cabbage salads and so on, caraway (Carum carvi) boasts a variety of culinary uses as well as health benefits. The plant belongs to the Apiaceae family and is thus related to carrots, parsley, cumin and celery, to name a few of its … Read moreProperties and Benefits of Caraway

Properties and Benefits of Star Anise

Star anise

Similar in flavor to anise and fennel, star anise (Illicium verum) is a preferred spice throughout the world. Star anise is actually the fruit of a tree native to northern Vietnam and southern China, but being extensively used for flavoring food has lead to it being known exclusively as a culinary spice. Because of its health-relevant … Read moreProperties and Benefits of Star Anise

Properties and Benefits of Anise


A once popular spice and medicinal plant, anise or aniseed (Pimpinella anisum) is an aromatic herb first cultivated in ancient Egypt and used primarily for flavoring food. But more important, the same natural chemical compounds that give anise seeds their rich flavor have been shown to have a beneficial action on human health. Anise seeds … Read moreProperties and Benefits of Anise

Properties and Benefits of Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo biloba, also known as maidenhair or simply ginkgo, is a species of tree native to China but presently naturalized throughout the world. The fruits, seeds and especially leaves of the ginkgo tree are all valuable parts. While the meaty interior of the seeds is a popular delicacy in Asian cuisine, the leaves are used … Read moreProperties and Benefits of Ginkgo Biloba

Properties and Benefits of Oregano


Often called wild marjoram, oregano (Origanum vulgare) is a culinary herb from the mint family with a complex flavor and several great medicinal properties. The plant and its derivate essential oil obtained from their aerial parts are both generous sources of polyphenolic flavones as well as specific volatile oil constituents such as monoterpenes and monoterpenoids. Carvacrol, a polyphenol found … Read moreProperties and Benefits of Oregano

Properties and Benefits of Dill


Related to carrots, celery, parsley, parsnip and numerous other vegetables and culinary herbs from the Apiaceae family, dill (Anethum graveolens) is a wonderful aromatic herb and a rich source of essential nutrients, namely vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, folate and vitamin C as well as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Both … Read moreProperties and Benefits of Dill