Few spices ignited the passions in European and American cuisines as strongly as lemongrass. Commonly used in South East Asia, lemongrass has become very much appreciated in recent years and used in oriental-inspired fusion dishes.
Another species given to us by the king of the herbs would be Lemon Basil. Having an unforgettable lemon scent, this herb brings new flavors to the food when used raw.
As you probably know from the previous articles, I am fascinated about the legends that surround this spice. Some people considered it sacred while others linked its name to superstitions and curses.
As you probably already know there are plenty of varieties of basil. Being used on a large scale in all international cuisines, basil has lots of flavors: sweet, spicy, lemon, anise, licorice, etc. So, if you want to give your foods an exquisite taste, be sure that you have more than one species of basil in your kitchen.
A Little History
Basil is native to Asia and tropical India. It has been cultivated there for more than 5000 years.
An old record from 907 AD states the existence of Sweet Basil in Hunan region of China. It migrated to the West as a whole plant, because it can easily be grown indoors, away from exposure to frost.
Today we are not using basil only for seasoning, but also in perfumes, incense, and natural remedies.
The edible oil is vegetable fat that remains liquid at room temperature. Edible oils are used in the kitchen for all operations: for frying, for doughs, for baking, for salad dressing, as a binder in sauces or for greasing the baking dishes.
There are many types of edible oil that can be used for cooking: olive oil, sunflower oil, grape seed, peanut, palm nuts, rice, soybean, coconut etc.
Cilantro (Coriander) looks like parsley, but the taste is completely different. It’s that kind of taste that you may simply fall in love with or hate it from the first bite.
Oregano, as many other herbs, has a long history in time. It was (and still is) used as a spice, for medical purposes and it was believed to have magical powers.
Sage, this aromatic plant with a fresh, bitter and slightly spicy taste, has been used for centuries in Italian cuisine, but was borrowed in time by chefs worldwide.
Sage is a real treasure for followers of the herbal healing medicine. It has historical origins as a medicinal herb successfully used in treating many health problems.
Thyme is one of the most popular herbs and has wide use in cooking and traditional medicine.
First, the medical virtues of the plant were discovered and appreciated. Later after it was used as a herb in cooking and seasoning.