The Encyclopedia of Herbs: A Comprehensive Reference to Herbs of Flavor and Fragrance

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Timber Press, Sep 1, 2009 - Gardening - 604 pages
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This meticulously researched compendium provides every aspect of growing, identifying, harvesting, preserving, and using more than 500 species of herbs. Thorough profiles provide a plant's botanical name and family, whether it is an annual or perennial, its height, hardiness, light requirements, water consumption, required soil type, and pH. The often fascinating history of the plant, the chemistry of its essential oils, and its culinary, landscape, and craft uses are also included, as is advice on how to propagate.

For the first edition of their work, both authors received The Gertrude B. Foster Award for Excellence in Herbal Literature from the Herb Society of America. This new edition adds important species and includes updated nomenclature.

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Chapter 1 Plant Identification
Chapter 2 Whats in a Name?
Chapter 3 The Flavors and Fragrances of Herbs
Chapter 4 How to Maximize Flavor and Fragrance
Chapter 5 How to Create the Best Growing Conditions
Chapter 6 Container Cultivation
Chapter 7 Propagation and Planting
Chapter 8 Keeping Herbs Healthy
Chapter 9 The Harvest
Herb Profiles
Selected References

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About the author (2009)

DeBaggio's Herb Farm and Nursery, founded by Thomas DeBaggio in Arlington, VA in 1975 and now located in Chantilly, VA, is a celebration of herbs both classic and new — and the people who love them. DeBaggio wrote extensively for leading gardening and herb magazines, including The Herb Companion until diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in 1999. He is also the author of Growing Herbs from Seed Cutting and Root: An Adventure in Small Miracles, and, with Susan Belsinger, The Basil Book: An Herb Lover's Guide. In 2000, DeBaggio passed his legacy on to his son, Francesco and wrote two books on his experiences with the early stages of his disease. He died in 2011.

Art Tucker is a botanist specializing in the identification and chemistry of plants of flavor, fragrance, and medicine. He is the Research Professor and Director of the Claude E. Phillips Herbarium.

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