Chervil … sounds like a delicious stew from grandma’s time and also tastes like “home”. It is more at home in the European Kitchen and the popular kitchen herb belongs to the umbelliferae family. Sowing chervil in the garden begins in the frost-free period in March. It’s a fast-growing and particularly aromatic herb before flowering. If the plant is pruned back regularly, plenty of fresh aromatic shoots will grow quickly. Chervil smells and tastes of anise and fennel and can be universally used in our kitchen. It tastes particularly well in soups, sauces, fish and meat dishes.
Bay leaves are a well-known and popular spice for all meat-based soups, and sauces. It goes beautifully with beef, game meat, and also for the pickling of cucumbers and sauerkraut. Want to know more?
Bay leaves are also known as Bay Laurel and grow as a bush or tree everywhere in the Mediterranean. Its young, freshly picked leaves are dried immediately after harvesting. You can tell a good quality supply as the leaves are dark green and healthy looking. If your shop-bought supply has leaves that are more yellow-brown and broken with a high proportion of stems, then it’s not a good quality and usually old.
Because of its strong, prominent taste, bay leaves should be used in small quantities. Usually only one leaf is added for cooking, which unfolds its aroma very slowly.
In the countries of origin, tea made from bay leaves can induce sweating and help relieve blocked sinuses.
It’s important that if someone has an allergy to composite flowers, they should avoid contact with bay leaves.
Tip: Bay leaf tea for colds – Add approximately 250-300ml of boiling water to a tablespoon of chopped bay leaves. Allow to steep covered for 10 – 15 minutes, strain and drink a cup both morning and evening.
Tastes deliciously creamy and is prepared rather quickly: zucchini in curry herb cream
1 serving cream cheese (45%)
1 serving zucchini
1 slice whole grain rye bread
spices: sea salt, black pepper, curry, rosemary (fresh), thyme (fresh), marjoram (fresh)
Wash and clean the zucchini and cut into fine slices, then saute them in some water. Season with salt and pepper. Wash, pluck and chop the herbs. Add the cheese, add curry and herbs to taste. Serve with roasted whole grain rye bread. Enjoy your meal!
Tip: Instead of cream cheese, you can also use goat cream cheese, ricotta, cottage cheese, yogurt or mascarpone – depending on your plan.
Herb butter with grilled meat, fish or vegetables is tasty, but boring. Our young celebrity chef Jan-Philipp Cleusters convinces us with his flower butter. Yummy!
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
250 g soft butter
1/2 clove of garlic, chopped finely
a splash of lemon juice
Eatable flower mix, a total of approximately 40 blossoms, chopped coarsely (e.g. begonias, violets, orchids, daisies, snapdragons, rose petals, capuchin blossoms)
Mix the soft butter with the garlic and lemon juice and season to taste with some sea salt. Stir the coarsely chopped flowers into the mixture, place the mixture on a surface lined with plastic wrap and bring the butter into the shape of a roll. Set the roll into the fridge for a short time. Then, cut the butter into slices the width of your index finger and arrange in a bowl.
Metabolic Balance recommends to use butter only in reasonable quantity (max. 10 g).
Since the rosemary is so wonderful, it deserves another post: Try a homemade pesto made from fresh rosemary leaves! Simply mix the needles with a blender, fill into a glass with screw cap to ¾ and then pour in virgin olive oil. To preserve, add a heaped teaspoon of sea salt to a quarter of a liter. This pesto is available all year round for use as a spread on bread, in soups, sauces and meat dishes. Just so yummy!
Rosemary often grows wild in the Mediterranean region. In our climate it thrives quite well in the warm season in your backyard or in pots. The plant smells pleasant and intense because the narrow leaves are rich in essential oils.
The distilled essential oil is used for topical application with joint and muscle rheumatism and circulatory disorders.
Rosemary is one of the most popular herbs in our kitchen. Its fine-needled foliage has a unique, spicy aroma. This spice goes wonderfully with many Italian dishes, especially meat in all possible variations. It’s especially delicious on grilled meat. It’s best to sprinkle on top before serving, cut into small pieces. Food seasoned with rosemary is not only delicious, it is also easy to digest. A herb infused oil prepared with rosemary goes particularly well with meat dishes.
Everyone knows the rose-hip! As an “itchy powder”, it made life difficult for many kids! In Germany, they even sing about the rose-hip: August Hoffmann von Fallersleben wrote a nursery rhyme about it, which goes, “A little man stands in the woods, with a black cap on and clothed in beautiful orange-red, who can it be? Ah, it must be a rose-hip” and so on (very freely translated). However, science today knows better than ever that the rose-hip has much more to offer. The rose-hip is known to be one of the native plants that’s richest in vitamin C – only the acerola cherry or the exotic Camu fruit have a higher content. Our ancestors also appreciated the rose-hip and its ingredients – it was considered to be a medicinal plant for various illnesses in ancient times. It usually has a permanent place in the kitchen too, because its refreshing taste makes it ideal for the preparation of jams and liqueurs, but our best-known form of the fruit is rose-hip tea.
This little reddish fruit, often referred to as wild rose, is usually found in bushes and hedges. The rose-hip variety Rosa Canina was used in the monastic medicine of the Middle Ages, when it was considered useful for treating colds and complaints in the gastrointestinal tract. Its ingredients, such as vitamin C, pro-vitamin A, B vitamins, minerals, trace elements, secondary plant substances and galactolipid, which are all present in significant quantities in the fruit, are at the root of its healing effects.
Clinical studies conducted by the Danish physician and biochemist Dr. med. Kay Winther, have proven the effects that wild rosehip ingredients can have. In their research, the scientists focused on the ingredient galactolipid. Galactolipid is composed of fatty acids and sugars and is an important substance for relieving joint pain. It mitigates inflammatory joint diseases by inhibiting the migration of the white blood corpuscles into the inflamed region, preventing more cartilage tissue damage. Galactolipid is also capable of blocking inflammatory parameters, such as the CRP (C-reactive protein), which promotes inflammation.
As a further positive side effect, the scientists were also able to prove that LDL cholesterol, which is responsible for the formation of deposits in blood vessels, was significantly reduced by the regular intake of rosehip powder.
To obtain enough of the active ingredients, especially galactolipid, the whole rose hip must be carefully processed, i.e. the fruits must be dried at a maximum of 40° C. But rosehip tea or jam alone can’t improve inflammatory symptoms – the whole fruit, with skin and kernel, must be ground up. This is the only way to obtain a high-quality rosehip powder with a high galactolipid content. Picking and eating the rosehip raw straight from the shrub won’t taste too great either, because the rosehip has a very high proportion of tannins. It’s best to mix up the rosehip powder with your muesli and take it in juices, yoghurts or smoothies. The daily recommended intake is between 5 and 10 grams.
Rose-hip powder isn’t the only rose-hip product that has a pronounced positive effect on our health – rose-hip seed oil is also very healthy for us. It’s a popular oil in the cosmetics sector, because it can be easily incorporated into creams, soaps and ointments. The oil of the rose-hip seeds also stimulates the healing process of skin injuries, and it can even provide fast relief for itchy, cracked and brittle skin. Transretionary fruit acid in the oil is responsible for this healing property. It stimulates the skin to regenerate itself and builds up new collagen at the same time.