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Heralding Exotic Herbs

by Diane Lofshult on Jul 01, 2007

Want to spice up your next dinner party? Experiment with one of the following exotic herbs, which are finding their way to a supermarket shelf near you!

Aged Garlic. Organic garlic that is aged for 20 months, this variety of the bulb has a milder aroma and flavor than other varieties. It is available in capsules and herbal extracts.

Yerba Maté. This leaf comes from a small tree in the holly family that grows in South America. Its grassy taste makes it a good mix with chai spices, green tea and cocoa. The herb acts as a stimulant, and some claim it can boost the metabolism. The leaves contain lots of antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C and E, along with B complex vitamins.

Goji Berry. This fruit is derived from a vine that is a relative of the potato and tomato family. Grown in China and Tibet, the herb is sold in berry form, as a juice concentrate or in products such as energy bars. Dried gojis are said to have a delicate, sweet flavor similar to raspberries and plums. The herb is also high in antioxidants, like vitamins A and C, along with amino acids, protein and minerals.

Tulsi. Also known as “holy basil,” this herb is a member of the mint family. Commonly used in holistic medicine, tulsi can be made into a tea that has a mild, slightly sweet taste. It contains antioxidants, calcium, zinc and iron and is thought to reduce stress levels, boost immunity and promote a healthy metabolism.

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune.

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Diane Lofshult

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Diane Lofshult is an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight management topics. She is the founder of In Other Words, an editorial consulting firm based in Solana Beach, California. Reach her at