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Post  Josh on Thu Sep 15, 2011 1:29 pm

What is a Herb?

As I learn about herbs, I’d like to interact with everyone and share what I learn and have everyone share with me what they know. I’d like to start off with the topic, “What is a herb?”

The primary definition given by dictionaries is "a seed-producing annual, biennial, or perennial that does not develop persistent woody tissue but dies down at the end of a growing season." However these botanical definitions eliminate many plants that are traditionally regarded and used as herbs.

One definition of a herb I found I really liked was short and to the point, 'a useful plant'. If any part of a plant; flower, leaf, or stem is useful, or has efficacious properties, as an ingredient for health, flavor, or fragrance then it is a herb.

According to legend, the Anglo-Latin scholar Alcuin posed this question to his pupil Charlemagne. The King replied, “the friend of physicians and the praise of cooks.”

*All information was acquired from internet sources

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