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The açaí berry is the fruit of the Euterpe oleracea a species of palm tree grown for their fruit and hearts of palm. The açaí berry is similar in appearance to a grape. The leaves are resistant to pests and are used to make hats, mats, baskets, brooms and roof thatch for homes,
and for building construction.



Acai Berry palms

An Açaí palms grove in Brazil, photo by Frankrae.



Alfalfa is a perennial flowering plant in the pea family Fabaceae. It has been cultivated as food for livestock since at least the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Alfalfa is a perennial forage legume which normally lives four to eight years, but can live more than 20 years. Legumes are important because the have symbiotic nitrogen-fixing bacteria in structures called root nodules. This adds nitrogen to the
soil rather than deplete the soil of nitrogen. The plant is very resilient, especially to droughts.



Medicago sativa, Alfalfa.





Allspice Berry is also called Jamaica pepper, pepper, myrtle pepper, pimenta, pimento, English pepper or newspice,
The fruit is a spice that is the dried unripe berries of the Pimenta dioica plant.

Allspice is used a lot in Caribbean cuisine. Allspice wood is used to smoke jerk in Jamaica, the spice is a good substitute. The spice is used in moles, and in pickling.

The flavor is like combining the flavour of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. 




Allspice, from Koehler's Medicinal Plants
by Franz Eugen Köhler, Köhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen





Aloe Vera is a succulent plant, succulents are plants that have some parts that are more than normally thickened and fleshy. The Aloe Vera species is used widely in the traditional herbal medicine of many cultures.

Aloe Vera

 Aloe Vera




Phyllanthus officinalis

Amalaki also called Indian gooseberry,  Photo by L. Shyamal.





Annatto coloring is extracted from the seeds of the achiote trees that grow in the tropical and subtropical regions around the world. The seedes are used to produce a carotenoid-based yellow to orange food coloring that is used in rice, custard powder,
baked goods, seasonings, processed potatoes, snack foods and breakfast cereals.



Bixa orellana fruit

Achiote pods, showing the red seeds, photographed in Kourou, French Guiana by Arria Belli.






Asparagus is low in calories and is very low in sodium, water makes up a high percentage of the plants content. The shoots are cooked in a number of ways, backed in butter and olive oil, stir-fried, cooked in stews and soups, grilled over hot embers or raw in a salad.

Asparagus will grow in soil that is too saline for a lot of plants. A little salt was traditionally used to kill weeds in garden beds used for asparagus. 


Asparagus Officianalis

Asparagus officinalis, by Prof. Dr. Otto Wilhelm Thomé Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz 1885, Gera.








Astragalus is a large genus of about 3,000 species of plants. Astragalus belongs to the legume family Fabaceae and the subfamily Faboideae.

Most of the astragalus supplements contain Astragalus membranaceus. 

 Astragalus Root 






Basil is best used fresh in cooking and added at the last moment, as heat destroys the flavor. There are many varieties of Basil, as well as several related species or species hybrids also called basil. The leaves are full of flavonoids and volatile oils, they are fragrant and have a strong flavor. The volatile oils contain estragole, linalool, cineole, eugenol, sabinene, myrcene, and limonene.



Basil Leaf





Bacopa monnieri is an herb native to India. The herb has been used in traditional Indian medicine known as Ayurveda, for thousands of years.





Bacopa monnieri

Bacopa monnieri, in Hyderabad, India. Photo by J.M.Garg.


The name Dandelion comes from French dent-de-lion, which means "lion's tooth" is used for members of the genus Taraxacum.

The flower head is called a floret. Most people consider Taraxacum officinale a weed but some people eat the plant in salads.



  The Dandelion flower head is composed of hundreds of smaller florets.




Damiana (Turnera diffusa) has sweet smelling leaves, somewhat like chamomile, due to the essential oils that are present in the shrub. Small yellow flowers bloom in the summer. The flowers are followed by small fruits that have a fig taste.

Damiana is an ingredient in a traditional Mexican liqueur, which is sometimes used in lieu of Triple Sec in margaritas.

Mexican folklore claims that it was used in the "original" margarita.


Turnera diffusa flower, photo by Dominiku.




Dill (Anethum graveolens), has aromatic fernlike leaves that are used to flavor many foods, like pickles and soups. Depending on where it is growing,
Dill is either a perennial or annual herb. It is the only plant in the genus Anethum.
Dill likes warm to hot summers with lots of sun and prefers rich, well drained soil. The seeds can be viable for up to ten years.




  Dill flowers.





Harpagophytum procumbens has the common name Devil's Claw because of its hooked fruit which split open at one end.

The plant is also known as grapple plant and wood spider. It is native to southern Africa. Devil's Claw has large tuberous roots that are extremely



Devil's Claw

  Harpagophytum procumbens, by Henri Pidoux.




Angelica sinensis, commonly known as "dong quai" or "female ginseng" is a herb from the family Apiaceae, indigenous to China.

dong quai

dong quai







Gunpowder Green Tea is a form of green Chinese tea produced in Zhejiang Province of China in which each leaf has been rolled into a small round pellet. It is believed to take its English name from the fact that the tea resembles blackpowder grains. This rolling method of shaping tea is most often applied either to dried green tea or Oolong tea.




Gunpowder Green Tea

Gunpowder Green Tea




Elder Berry

Sambucus nigra common names include elder, elder berry, black elder, European elder. European elderberry and European black elderberry. Photo by Martin Röll.






Hops are the female flower clusters (commonly called seed cones or strobiles), of a hop species, Humulus lupulus. They are used primarily as a flavoring and stability agent in beer.




Lapsang Souchong tea leaves 


 Lapsang Souchong tea leaves, photo by Sjhan81. 

Lapsang souchong has a  flavour that is smoky, a little bit like the smell of a barbecue smoke or a campfire. The flavour of the pine smoke is meant to complement the natural taste of the black tea, without overwhelming it.



 Oolong tea 

 Oolong tea

Oolong tea is the leaves and leaf buds of the Camellia sinensis plant that has been half-fermented, midway in between green tea and black tea. It can be as fresh and aromatic as green tea and as invigorating and powerful as black tea. Like all other variations of green teas, the taste of wulong is significantly affected by how much the leaves have oxidized.




Valerian contains actinidine which mimics the odor of cat urine, the herb can be used like catnip to attract cats. It had been used to bait traps to attract rats. The Pied Piper fairy tale describes the Pied Piper of Hamelin, Germany using his magic pipes and valerian to attract rats.


Valeriana officinalis, 1897 Franz Eugen Köhler, Köhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen.




Wild Lettuce (Lactuca virosa) is a plant in the Lactuca (lettuce) genus. It is related to common lettuce (L. sativa), and is also called Wild Lettuce, Bitter lettuce, Laitue vireuse, Opium Lettuce, Poisonous Lettuce, Tall Lettuce or Rakutu-Karyumu-So.

Lactuca virosa

Wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa), by Franz Eugen Köhler, Koehler's Medicinal-Plants







White Willow

White Willow (Salix alba), In the Riparian forest near Bingen, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Photo by Willow, from the  Creative Commons CC-BY 2.5.

White willow is a species of willow that has a white undersides to it's leaves. The tree is native to Europe and western and central Asia. It has a tough strong, and light wood that does not have a strong resistance to decay. Charcoal made from the wood is used to manufacture gunpowder.






Hamamelis sp. flowers, Menai Bridge, Wales. Photo by Velela.

Witch hazels are shrubs that lose their leaves seasonally. The genus name, Hamamelis, means "together with fruit". The leaves and bark of the North American Hamamelis virginiana is used to produce an astringent, referred to as witch hazel. An astringent is a substance that tends to shrink or constrict body tissues, used locally after topical application. Witch hazel is mainly used externally on bruises, and swelling. Steam distillations are used in skin care.




 Ozonated Olive Oil