Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Lemon balm - member of the mint family

Melissa officinalis

Lemon balm

Common names:
Lemon balm
Balm leaf
Balm oil plant
Barm leaf
Bee balm
Honey plant
Sweet balm
Sweet Mary
Tea balm

Melissa are herbaceous perennials with broadly ovate, aromatic leaves and small 2-lipped white flowers in spikes in summer.

In any moist soil, in full sun or partial shade. Protect from excessive winter wet

As its name suggests, this leafy, green herb has a lemony flavour and fragrance. It works well with fish, poultry and vegetables as well as in salads, stuffings and drinks. It’s a member of the mint family and makes a very refreshing infusion or tea. Only buy it fresh however as it loses virtually all of its flavour when dried

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