Za'Atar is a herb blend made mainly from fresh oregano and is used in middle eastern cooking. In 1985 I visited Israel and everywhere I looked I could see army personnel. They would walk around in a group of 3, with bullet proof vests and sub machine guns at the ready. This was an expected … Continue reading Za’Atar

Star Anise

Star anise is the dried fruit of a Chinese evergreen tree. Propagation is done with semi-ripe cuttings and they will grow in well-drained but moist acidic soil, in light shade. Harvest the fruits just before ripening. This 8 pointed star shaped spice is an essential ingredient in many Asian cuisines. In Vietnamese cookery it is … Continue reading Star Anise