Herbs Archive

Turmeric: Bringing more color to healthier living

Commonly known in the country as luyang dilaw (yellow ginger), turmeric (Curcuma spp.) is more than just a food coloring ingredient. Widely popular in India as a spice for making curry, turmeric is gradually making its name as a natural healer around the world. In a globalizing society where diseases are borderless and breakthrough medicine [&hellip

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Stevia: Zero-calorie natural sweetener

It may sound foreign to most Filipinos but to many health-conscious persons, stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) has been around as a natural sweetener for several decades already. Grown for its leaves as a sweetener and sugar substitute, stevia is reported to be native to tropical and subtropical regions in North and South America particularly in Paraguay. [&hellip

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Growing Lavender in the Tropics

Is it possible to grow lavender in a tropical country like the Philippines? Given the right condition, right soil and right place, growing the aromatic herb lavender in the tropics is possible. Lavender or Lavandula is a genus of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae. Lavender is a native plant growing in Mediterranean region. [&hellip

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Market niche for Philippine culinary herbs explored

A delightful culinary experience is never complete without a tinge of herbs that add exotic flavor and distinct aromas to dishes. Oftentimes, foods like this are associated with those being served in five-star restaurants. Not if you have herbs in your kitchen cabinet. Today, the demand for culinary herbs and its products is growing with [&hellip

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Growing Basil

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is an erect herbaceous annual plant, sometimes grown as a short-lived perennial in some areas. It grows in a bushy shape to about 50 cm tall and some varieties may even grow taller. There are many varieties of Ocimum basilicum, as well as several related species or species hybrids also called basil. [&hellip

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