Herbs, by common definition, are plants predominantly known for either medicinal or culinary uses. It can be argued that the true heday for herbs is in the past, as a vital part of early medical practices dating back to a time before records began. The earliest surviving illustrated ‘Old English Herbal’ is the Cotton MS Vitellius C III, dating back to the late 4th century and attributed to the author Pseudo-Apuleius. It is now thought that the text is in fact a collection of earlier tomes and the combined work of several late antiquity authors.
You can view the document on the British Libraries website, test out your olde English Latin! The first illustration of a herb is on page f.20r.
However Herbs still have a important and vital role to play today, both domestically and commercially, with many modern medicines and household products still derived from the same plants generations before us used. In the domestic sphere, many herbs, alongside making delicious additions to cooking, are brilliant for bees, acting as reliable sources of nectar.
Our available herbs change with the season. Currently we have our hardy perennial herbs in stock, such as Rosemary and Thyme. When Spring is back upon us we will have our annual tender herbs back in, along with a small selection of unusual herbs such as Pineapple Sage and Myrtle.
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