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Herb Information

Herbs bring to mind flavor and fragrance; we think of them as the plants that flavor our foods and perfume our homes. Interestingly, more than 25 percent of our modern drugs contain plant extracts as active ingredients. Research continues to isolate valuable medicines from plants used in traditional folk medicine.

Home gardening interest in herbs has always been steady, due to concerns for nutrition and health, and a desire to experience natural flavors and fragrances. Many herb plants also attract natural enemies and pollinators. As a group, herbs are relatively easy to grow and don’t have as many insect and disease problems as some plants.

Tips on Cooking with Fresh Herbs

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