words by Edana Isobel Jamora + photography by Hazel Cockayne
'The intense perfumes of the wild herbs as we trod them underfoot made us feel almost drunk. '
- Jacqueline du Pre
The soulful partner of pesto and tomatoes. Basil makes just about every dish sing. Basil & Tomato, two of the bestest friends anyone could ever ask for.
Tate: Sweet, pepper-like, minty with a clove/anise like scent.
Delicious with: Italian dishes, toasted sandwiches, salads and home-made pizza.
Wispy and feathery, also known as the cute little baby character from The Rugrats.
Taste: Sweet, anise-like and grassy.
Delicious with: Boring eggs, smoked fish, salmon, potatoes and a light topping for mayonnaise.
The herb that is easily mistaken as grass lawn.
Delicious with: Egg dishes, creamy sauces, potato salad and risotto.
The doppleganger of parsley. Essential for South-East Asian, Latin American and Middle Eastern cooking.
Taste: Bold, citrus-y, anise/ sage flavour.
Delicious with: Green papaya salad, guacamole, salsa.
A fine frenchy.
Taste: Fennel-like, subtle.
Delicious with: Salad, fish, poultry, potato soup and chervil pesto.
KAFFIR LIME LEAVES
Double leaf deliciousness.
Taste: Citrusy and lemony.
Delicious with: Coconut curries, tom-yum soups and asian soups.
The taller brother in the citrus family.
Taste: Lemony, zesty and zingy.
Delicious with: Thai dishes, curries and asian soups.
The milder and sweeter cousin of Oregano.
Taste: Lemony, grassy and sweet.
Delicious with: Meats, poultry, stuffing, omelettes, herb scones and cream cheese.
The tummy's best friend and Mojitos compadre.
Taste: Menthol like, refreshing, cooling and lightly sweet.
Delicious with: Mojitos, tea, fruit salad and beautiful as a simple garnish.
Origanum vulgare- 'joy of the mountains'.
Taste: Very Mediterranean, lemon like, minty and peppery.
Delicious with: Pizza, pasta, dressing, rubs, eggplant or zucchini dishes.
The trust power horse herb.
Taste: Strong pungency, grassy and slightly peppery.
Delicious with: Potato salad, tabouli, fish and meats.
The deliciously fragrant evergreen herb, half leaf half branch.
Taste: Pine-like, slightly tangy.
Delicious with: Baked vegetables, potatoes, breads, oils and poultry.
Fiery, wild and free.
Taste: Mustard like and peppery.
Delicious with: Salads, pizza, quiche and linguine.
Our soft and fuzzy friends.
Taste: Pungent, slightly peppery, notes of balsamic.
Delicious with: Rich and creamy dishes, stuffings and great deep fried as a garnish.
As the French say - 'delicieux'.
Taste: Earthy, liquorice, minty.
Delicious with: French dishes, bernaise, chicken, fish and eggs.
Party 'thyme'. Better not lose track of the 'thyme'.
Taste: Lightly peppery, minty and lemony.
Delicious with: Risotto, pumpkin, dips, stews and rice.