Botanically speaking, a herb is: “A perennial plant whose stem is soft and dies down to the ground after flowering”.
However, such a narrow definition excludes plants currently considered by many of us to be herbs. For example, Bay leaves are used for culinary purposes and are thought by many of us as a herb, but the Bay is in fact a tree.
And when is something a spice and when a herb? Wikipedia says: “A spice is a dried seed, fruit, root, bark, or vegetative substance primarily used for flavouring, colouring or preserving food. Spices are distinguished from herbs, which are parts of leafy green plants also used for flavouring or as garnish”.
To many of us, much of the description given here for a spice would also apply to a herb. Even within the Queensland Herb Society we prefer to blur the lines a little and feel that herbs are much, much more than just “leafy green plants used for flavouring or garnish”! Many herbs have amazing medicinal qualities too.
” a plant whose leaves, flowers, seeds or other parts are used for medicine, perfume, flavouring food or other purposes.”
Want to learn more about herbs and their broad appeal?
Basilea Living Herbs
Open days third Saturday of each month
8am to 1pm
Mudbrick Cottage Herb Farm
Mick & Sandra Nanka
491 Springbrook Road, Mudgeeraba
Open Monday & Tuesday 9am–4pm
And the third weekend of each month
The Gardeners Wall
Garden Consultations and Workshops
Tel: 0448 460 037
F: The Gardeners Wall
Natures Herbs for Health
Mobile: 0414 499 019
The Chilli Patch
Deb & Paul Aitcheson
Potted chillies & herbs; timber creations
for garden & animals; dried herbs & spices.
Find the Chilli Patch on Facebook to see
which markets they are at each week.
P: 07 5426 8299