Tomato sauces call out for a dash of this intense dried form of the common herb. Egypt produces an intensely flavored basil with hints of an anise flavor and a mild sweetness. Its aroma is released fully in cooked dishes, but it is also delicate and overcooking will dissipate it.
Chives are tasty and a very popular garnish in French and Chinese cuisine. Sprinkle over sauces, soups, salads or add to dressings and dips. Medicinal: Helps lower blood pressure, aids digestion and stimulates the appetite.
MEDICINAL: Helps lower blood pressure and aid digestion and stimulates the appetite.
Dill weed should have a rich green color, never gray or brown. Try it dusted on fish fillets or added to vegetable sauces and chowder, but be sure to add this herb just prior to serving as heat will deteriorate the fine flavor. Perfect with chilled, raw vegetable dishes as well.
MEDICINAL: Dill tea is calming, making it useful for insomnia, jitteriness and upset stomach. It can also have a diuretic effect.
Epazote characterizes the taste of Mayan cuisine in the Yucatan and Guatemala. Use epazote in soups, meat dishes, and especially to enhance huitlacoche, mushrooms, bean and chile-based foods such as refried beans (frijoles refritos), frijoles negros, moles, or rice and beans.
MEDICINAL: Helps prevent flatulence.
Hyssop leaves have a lightly bitter taste and a minty aroma. Common in Levantine and Caucasian cookery. It is also used to flavor liqueurs, and is part of the formulation of Chartreuse.
Medicinal: Often used for treating the chest and lungs during colds and coughs.