Plant Profiles

Heirloom plant profiles. Categories include edible, fiber, medicinal and ornamental.

Heirlooms and Herbals

This series, hosted by Joanne Bauman, takes an in-depth look at one new herb every episode.


Lemongrass

By Cinead McTernan

Bring lemongrass into your kitchen and garden! Learn how to grow, dry, and harvest this robust herb.


Umbrian Wild Peas (Roveja)

Words by Peter Gilmore; photos by Brett Stevens

Dating back to ancient Rome, this Italian wild pea had lapsed into obscurity by the 1990s. Find out how this pea made its comeback in the culinary world.


Bamboo Shoots

Words by Peter Gilmore; photos by Brett Stevens

Discover fast-growing bamboo shoots, a versatile resource and vital food source in many Asian countries.


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Spread the Wild with Summer Cherries

By Christopher Nyerges

Learn to identify wild cherries, and even grow them in your own backyard.


Tea Terroir: Native Bergamot

By Dawn Combs

When tariffs made imported Chinese tea too expensive for American colonists to purchase, they turned to native bee balms for tasty drinks.


Procure the Blessings of Basil

By Sheryl Normandeau

Dig up expert advice on growing heirloom basil, the praiseworthy plant that inspires a world of flavor, healing, protection, and spiritual elevation.


Seeking the Best Okra Cultivars

By Chris Smith

In a World-Cup-style elimination trial of 76 okra cultivars, 15 prevailed as the most productive, beautiful, and delicious choices.



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