Heralding Exotic Herbs

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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July 2007

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