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Called the “royal herb” by the ancient Greeks, this annual is a member of the mint family.
Chives were first used in China some 3,000 years ago. They belong to the same family as shallots, garlic and leeks and have a distinct onion taste.
In ancient times parsley wreaths were used to ward off drunkenness – though proof of their efficacy in that capacity is scarce.
There are several varieties of this mint-family member, a perennial herb native to Southern Europe and the Mediterranean. Garden thyme, the most often used variety, is a bush with grey-green leaves giving off a pungent minty, light-lemon aroma.
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