23
oct
2015

pimpinella

The Pimpinella plant genus consists hardy annual herbs that reach from 45 to 90 cm in height.

Some common names for Pimpinella include Aniseed and Anise.

Aniseed blooms in the summer with umbels of tiny white flowers and plants are converted for their seeds; these should be harvested once they begin to turn gray and loosen easily from their coats.

An essential oil is obtained from the seed, used in perfumery, tooth pastes, medicinally and as a food flavouring.
The powdered seed can be used as a dentrifice and mouthwash.
The plant is an ingredient of pot-pourri and can be also used as an insect repellent but it is also said to attract mice.

25
jan
la-schiacciata-alla-fiorentina-del-mulino
03
oct
cumin

Cumin

Cumin is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae, native from the east Mediterranean to India. It is an aromatic spice with a distinctive bitter flavor and strong, warm aroma due to its abundant oil content.
Cumin "seeds" are actually the small dried fruit of an annual plant in the parsley family.
Native to the Mediterranean, cumin is hotter to the taste, lighter in color, and larger than caraway, another spice it's sometimes confused with. Sold whole or ground, the seeds come in three colors:...

20
jun
basil

Basil

Basil is an essential element in different cuisines.
Its leaves give a lively flavor to dishes and it's fine for sautéed dishes, salads or sauces.

Very widespread in European and Asian cuisine.
Basil was once used by farmers against colds, inhaling the aroma that was created by soaking the dried leaves in a bowl of boiling water.

24
jul
balsamo-alle-erbe-e-aceto-per-capelli-piu-forti
29
apr
ivy-salad

Ivy salad

Ingredients:

- fennel
- chives
- mint leaves
- flowers of Ivy
- cicerbite
- olive oil
- salt
- pepper
- lemon

Procedure:

Thoroughly wash the fennel, cicerbite and chives and cut them into a salad bowl.
Mix everything together and add olive oil, lemon, salt and a pinch of pepper.
Give your salad a unique aroma adding Ivy flowers and some mint leaves for garnish.

29
aug
myrtle

Myrtle

The fruits have an aromatic perfume and are often used as a venison dishes.

The leaves are used to flavor and spicy dishes and seafood; used dried for flavoring syrups or sauces.

The flowers are sweet and are used in salads.