Holy basil has both medicinal and spiritual importance in India. It is sacred to Lord Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation and is considered purifying to mind, body, and spirit. A living Tulsi plant is kept in many Indian courtyards where it is believed to provide divine protection. Medicinally it's been used in the treatment of colds and flus, to cleanse the respiratory tract of toxins, and in the relief of gas and bloating. The oil is an antioxidant and is used for pain and arthritis. Recent scientific reports have confirmed the healing potential in medical conditions ranging from diabetes to cancer. Furthermore, Tulsi may even possess useful antibiotic activity, have a blood pressure lowering effect and be effective as a birth control agent.
(Ocimum gratissimum) A large, robust basil variety with large gray-green leaves. Strong clove scent and spicy flavor. An antiseptic, aromatic herb that repels insects, used medicinally headache, fevers, rheumatism. A tea can be made from the infused leaves and used for flavoring. SKU: 112
This is the new Hybrid Drumstick tree PKM1. The pods and leaves are used in Indian dishes such as sambar and avial. In most of the U.S., it can be raised as a container plant, and will start producing pods by the eleventh month. In Florida, it can be grown outdoors south of Fort Myers as well as in Arizona and Southern California.. Nutritionally, the leaves are rich in Vitamin C , Vitamin A, calcium, protein and potassium. The bark of the tree has been used to treat abdominal discomfort, boils, cold, rheumatism and scorpion bites, while the leaves have been found effective for the treatment of hypertension and conjunctivitis.
The ripe berries and cooked leaves of this edible strain of black nightshade are used as food in Tamil Nadu.
The thoroughly boiled leaves are used like spinach. The ripe black berries are described as sweet and salty, with hints of liquorice and melon.
It is nutritious containing high levels of Vitamin C, as well as niacin, riboflavin, calcium, phosphorus, and iron. It is also used in herbal medicine, the leaves and berries can be eaten as a treatment for ulcers.
The leaves are also eaten in Greece, and Turkey and Indonesia, and the berries are turned into jam in South Africa.
Related to Peppers,Tomatoes and Eggplant, in Kannada it is known as kakki soppu, in Telugu Kamanchi chettu and in Hindi it is called Makoi.
Italian or sweet Basil is most commonly used with Italian dishes and is added to the sauce at the last moment. Basil is one of the main ingredients in pesto--a green Italian oil-and-herb sauce. Its other main ingredients are olive oil, garlic, and pine nuts. Easy to grow it is an essential in every herb garden.
This is another herb which both the seed and the leaves (dill weed) are used. Renowned for its digestive qualities, it has been used to ease colic, reduce flatulence and diarrhea and aid digestion. The three foot plant germinate in 2 weeks and the lacy leaves can be harvested after the plant is 12 inches tall. The seeds form in about 2 months.
The most flavorful of the Thai basils, Siam Princess has small green and purplish leaves with red stems and purple flowers. Grows 12-18". An essential ingredient is Southeast Asian cooking, it adds its dinstinctive anise/clove flavor in curries and spicy dishes, or as a fragrant ornamental in the herb or flower garden. Known as horapa in Thai. Also used in Vietnamese dishes where it is known as hung que. A plate of raw Thai basil is often served as an accompaniment to Pho. 59 days.
Dark green, flat leaves with strong stems. Use leaves for garnishes, salads, and cooking. For highest yields, provide ample water and fertility. Loaded with vitamins, nutrients and anti-oxidants, parsley is a bitter, aromatic, and diuretic herb that stimulates the digestive process. Packet contains ~ 100 seeds
The leaves and roots are used as an effective aphrodisiac and sedative. It is officially in the Indian Pharmacopoeia. It is popularly known as Indian Ginseng. It gives vitality and vigor and helps in building greater endurance. It has also been used in diseases such as rheumatism, leprosy and arthritis. SKU: 120
(Cymbopogon flexuosus) Lemon grass known as Bhustrina in Hindi is a native of India, and is widely used in Thai and Vietnamese cooking. Lemon grass is a perennial, but is grown in colder climates as an annual, or can be brought indoors for winter. This aromatic herb is also used in the Caribbean and is quickly gaining popularity in the United States. Makes a great tea. Lemon grass is also used medicinally to treat digestive problems and fever. Packet contains 150 seeds. SKU: 130
This seasoning herb is an annual plant, which grows very rapidly in mild climates.
If you plant coriander seeds from the grocery store it can go into flowers and seeds quickly in hot weather conditions, therefore always plant a variety that is slow to bolt such as Leisure. In Latin America and in the US the leaves and shoots are called “cilantro” the Spanish translation of coriander.
The fragrant young leaves and shoots are used as a seasoning green in stir-fry or soup. Dried leaves and matured seeds are also used as seasonings in Indian cooking.
Nigella or Kalonji as it's known in Hindi is a popular spice that is used on top of Naan, in Dal recipes and curries. It is also known as black seed, and incorrectly as black cumin, onion seed and black caraway. It is used as part of the spice mixture paanch phoran. Also quite popular in Turkey and Bosnia to flavor pastries and atop buns. The oil from the seed is used as herbal remedies to treat certain skin conditions.
Fenugreek or methi, is an ancient spice, used for making pickles, sambar and the Bengali spice mixture panch phoron. Fenugreek leaves are an important spice in Indian cuisine and can be found in yeast bread called methi naan. Iran traditionally uses the leaves in a thick sauce called ghorme sabzi made from fresh or dried vegetables. Try mashing the leaves and sprinkling them over curries and dry vegetable dishes just before serving for an unforgettable flavor.
In folk medicine, fenugreek has been used to treat boils, inflammation of the cells and connective tissue, and tuberculosis.
Cumin is one of the most typical Indian spices, especially in the South. The fruits are used as a whole, and are fried (frequently together with onion) or dry-roasted before usage. Legumes, especially lentils, are normally flavored by cumin fried in butter fat. Powdered, it is an important part of curry powder and of panch phoron.
Fennel seeds are a component of the Chinese five spice powder, as well as panch phoron and Malabar garam masala. Fennel is popular for meat dishes, but even more so for fish and sea food; its sweet taste also harmonizes with the earthy aroma of bread and gives pickles or vinegar a special flavor.
In many parts of India, roasted fennel fruits are consumed as mukhwas, an after-meal digestive and breath freshener, or candied as comfit.
Also known as kemangi in Indonesia, this variety of Basil is popular throughout Southeast Asia and is also popular in Persian, and Arabic cuisine. Kemangi is said to contain lots of antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-fungal elements. Diabetic people are urged to consume this herb because it can lower their blood sugar. Kemangi is used in traditional Indonesian medication to enhance sexual and reproductive health of both male and female. Also known as Hoary basil.
Sesbania grandiflora is a small erect, fast-growing, and sparsely branched tree that reaches 32 feet in height. The flowers, young leaves and tender pods of the white flowered hummingbird tree are edible and are sold in local ethnic markets. All parts of the tree are also utilized for medicine in Southeastern Asia and India including preparations derived from the roots, bark, gum, leaves, flowers, and fruit.
The tree thrives under full exposure to sunshine and is extremely frost sensitive.
In Tamil the tree is called Kathurumurunga or akatthi. In Hindi gaach-munga, in Telugu avisi, in Bengali Bokful, and Hadga Flower in Marathi.
Please note that Humming bird tree seeds need to be scarified (scrape seed on sand paper till you can barely seed the inside layer) and soak for 24 hours before sowing.
Each rhizome is sprouted and ready to plant. Once planted it will grow into a broad leaved turmeric plant. They will multiply underground and form more rhizhomes. When the leaves dry and die the rhizomes can be harvested, dried and powdered into turmeric powder or used like ginger root peeled, and cut into match sticks, cubes or coins and added to food or smoothies.
Turmeric has many medicinal uses and is being sold as an herbal supplement. The following are some of the known benefits:
Turmeric is a natural painkiller and Cox-2 inhibitor. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.