Anise (Pimpinella Anisum, Linn.), an annual herb of the natural order Umbelliferæ. It is a native of southwestern Asia, northern Africa and south-eastern Europe, whence it has been introduced by man throughout the Mediterranean region, into Germany, and to some extent into other temperate regions of both hemispheres, but seems not to be known anywhere in the wild state or as an escape from gardens. To judge from its mention in the Scriptures (Matthew xxiii, 23), it was highly valued as a cultivated crop prior to our era, not only in Palestine, but elsewhere in the East. Many Greek and Roman authors, especially Dioscorides, Theophrastus, Pliny and Paladius, wrote more or less fully of its cultivation and uses.
Anise in Flower and in Fruit
From their days to the present it seems to have enjoyed general popularity. In the ninth century, Charlemagne commanded that it be grown upon the imperial farms;
We have produced a series of articles originally printed in 1912 from Mr. M.G. Kains, the associate editor of American Agriculturist. This book was an attempt to familiarize Americans with some of the more popular, healthier, and at that time less costly home grown seasoning agents to use in their cooking. Many of these articles are more appropriate today than ever before. We have over 16 of the most popular herbs at the turn of the 20th century that were commonly used in Europe and were making their way into American cuisine. The information from this book has been tagged on our Herbfest web site, with the searchable term - "heritage herbs". You can type that phrase into our search and you will find the results of our research into the Culinary Herbs book by Mr. Kains. Enjoy your herbs and their history and legends.
Their Cultivation, Harvesting, Curing and Uses
The African Blue Basil Plant is one of the basil varieties found at HerbFest that does not require "dead heading" as it's propagated from cuttings, not seeds, as most basil herb plants are.
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Herb Companion Plants To Help Your Herb Garden Grow Pest FreeFrom: Lauren Holt of Herb Companion ( very good magazine) .
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