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Tue 24-Jul-12
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Hattie
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I have always grown herbs & this year I bought a couple of new ones to me & today I realised that one of them had really taken off in it's pot....Vietnamese Coriander. It had been looking rather poorly; straggly with very few leaves. Now it is flourishing.....I think this warm weather after all the rain has bought it on, in fact it is standing in a shallow saucer of water. I had never tried the leaves but I knew it was used in Vietnamese & Thai salads as well as in cooked dishes. So i nipped off a leaf to taste......WOW !! was it a surprise.....it is so spicy & your tongue tingles. It does have a background taste of coriander. I don't think people who dislike coriander would enjoy it but I now enjoy it so I am going to try it in some dishes from that part of the world. Here is what Wickipedia says about it.

 

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Tue 24-Jul-12
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That's interesting, one of its chemicals, alpha humelene, is also found in Hops.

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I've tried lovage for the first time this year. It is supposed to taste like celery but it doesn't to me, it tastes more like a spicy coriander, but I like it and it is a perennial unlike celery.cheers

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I love most herbs but a big dissapointment for me was salad burnet, bought a couple of small plants last year and they have taken really well, but I don't like the taste and they constantly need cutting back. (worried that they constantly form some rather boring flower heads and if I'm not careful I'll have then everywhere)

Tue 31-Jul-12
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JoannaS said:

I've tried lovage for the first time this year. It is supposed to taste like celery but it doesn't to me, it tastes more like a spicy coriander, but I like it and it is a perennial unlike celery.cheers

The seeds & roots are tasty too. I have it in my garden. Last year, in The Guardian, Hugh FW wrote an interesting article with some good recipes, here's the link.

 

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Tue 31-Jul-12
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Lovage and Brandy is a tum settler in the west country same as Port and Brandy , knocked back in one  if it don't bounce you'll improve .

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That sounds like a darned good addition to any garden, thanks for the link Hattie.  And Seth for the information!

I'll try that again!

Wed 1-Aug-12
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Hattie,glad you've found Vietnamese coriander because we've used it for years,taking cuttings from a plant our neighbour bought about 12 years ago.Forgive me if you already know this but its not winter hardy,i usually take cuttings from it at end of August & have these in the house over winter as we do not heat our greenhouse,then pot them up in the spring.We love making curries from scratch & use it alot in them.Also when i make courgette or carrot soup it goes in there.

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Thank you, Ann, for the information....I knew it wasn't winter hardy & as it's in a pot it is easy for me to bring it indoors. I will also take some cuttings later this month on your advice. It certainly packs a punch; I am using it with care.  

 

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