ORGANIC LEMON VERBENA, C/S/WHOLE
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Botanical Name: Aloysia citriodora
Origin: Portugal / Egypt / Turkey
Production: Lemon verbena is a flowering plant native to western South America, though it now grows in many parts of the world. It is a perennial shrub that is harvested when the leaves are at their optimum flavor, just when the sprays of tiny purple/white flowers are beginning to open in the late spring or early summer.
Qualities: Lemon verbena's intense, crisp, minty-citrus like scent, considered to be the strongest of the lemon-scented plants, is quite powerful when harvested fresh, and more subtle when dried.
Common Use: The potential culinary uses of lemon verbena are broad and range from ice cream flavoring to a pepper or oregano substitute. Due to the potency of its flavor, it is recommended to start out using a little and add more as desired. In savory dishes, it goes well with black pepper, rosemary, and sage. Dried lemon verbena can also be encapsulated or made into a tincture. Cosmetically it can be used in soaps, lotions, shampoos, salves, or in herbal sachets.
Storage: Store in a cool, dark, dry place in an airtight container.
Safety: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the CFIA or FDA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This product has been packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and other potential allergens.
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No flavour on the recent batch of lemon verbena.
I love every product I have received from Om foods over the years as the quality is always exceptional. Sadly I did not feel the same about the Lemon Verbena I recently purchased. I felt like it had no flavour at all which is very disappointing, as I was really looking forward to the powerful scent of this herb.
I bought the lemon verbena as an experiment to add to a face scrub. I thought it would have a stronger scent than it does. Perhaps an oil would work better for my project. The dried lemon verbena from essential organics was good quality and mostly free from stems.