(for 15 aromatic-medicinal plants of the Mediterranean region):
Myths, ancient knowledge, narrations, traditions, interesting facts and basic biological data (identity of species/subspecies, common names, photographs, morphological description, native and naturalised ranges, flowering period, edible part used)
Nutrients and chemical bioactive components of plant parts, nutritional value and documented beneficial properties based on reviews of scientific literature; Recommendations/warning on the use of edible plant parts with children, adolescents and adults, during pregnancy and/or lactation
Overview of use of the edible plant parts (in cooking, pastry making, distillery, food processing etc.); Description of their distinct aroma and flavour when used in cooking and tea making
11 infusions or decoctions and 5 original blends for beneficial beverages with supporting information (profiling, basic ingredients, scaling/percentage of substance therein, special instructions), all with indications based on scientific literature review
5 illustrated recipes per plant with supporting information (dish type, quantities/persons, difficulty, time needed, ingredients and quantities used, scaling of the aromatic-medicinal plants used, step-by-step directions), variations of the basic recipe, advice-tips and carefully selected beverages to accompany each recipe
New tasting suggestions for 7 plants and new culinary concepts for 8 plants; Recipes and additional suggestions organised in several wellness menus
Interesting facts and information about the utility of the selected plants for everyday use, all based on scientific data or documented experience
Instructions to help cultivate successfully in pots/containers and on the ground (sowing conditions, germination time, transplanting, pot type, adaptation, water and soil requirements, exposition, resilience to temperature, care); Instructions for successful propagation and harvest; Plant selection (categories and characteristics), space design and plant requirements
Scientific references, plant names (vernacular and scientific names) as well as recipes per plant and per category are all indexed to allow easy looking up, cross-checking and/or further study
This book presents an original venture that aims to improve our wellbeing: Far from being simply extras, aromatic-medicinal plants should become the stars in our everyday diet and our domestic environment. Historical information and basic biological data for 15 aromatic-medicinal plants of the Greek land and the Mediterranean region are given, and their components and properties are provided, while special recommendations/ precautions are made, along with reviews of their nutritional use. Moreover their aromas and flavours are described and small secrets about their utility are unveiled. In total, 75 creative recipes (and variations) with accompanying beverages are given, 52 menus are indicated, 11 drinks and 5 original blends of plants for making beneficial beverages are suggested. Lastly their cultivation and propagation and their maintenance is described in a practical manner (basic advice on their care in the field, the garden or on the balcony).
This book approaches the scientific knowledge in a simple manner, enriches the Mediterranean diet, opens up new culinary horizons and gives a new spark to the cultivation of aromatic-medicinal plants.
After years of independent career routes, individual searches, thoughts, testing efforts, experimentation and research, we are finally pleased to share our endeavour with the general public. The aim of this book is to acquaint the reader with some of the aromatic-medicinal plants of Greece and the Mediterranean region in order to use them in everyday life in many beneficial ways (cooking, tea making, gardening and landscaping). The selection of plants in this book was not accidental. We have chosen to present aromatic and medicinal plants included in the European Pharmacopoeia because they have integrated scientific monograph approved by the Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products (HMPC, on behalf of the European Medicines Agency i.e. EMA) such as lemon balm, medicinal sage, fennel, dittany of Crete, marjoram, Greek mountain tea, mastic from the Chios Island (Greece. Additionally, we included plants with well-established use of their edible parts (such as Cornelian cherry dog wood, rock samphire, carob), and other plants that are well known for their long standing traditional use (capers, wild rose or dog-rose, saffron Crocus, sumac or rhus and winter savoury). For all these wonderful plants we believe that we have created a multifaceted book for you to use and enjoy!
Nikos Krigas, on behalf of the author teamAuthor Bio Other Books