Almond

Prunus amygdalus or Prunus dulcis Wild almonds contain toxic levels of cyanide, which are accompanied by a bitter taste. Yet early almond growers isolated non-toxic strains and began cultivating them sometime between 2000 and 3000 BCE. The word almond comes from the French allemande, itself derived from the Greek amygdala which gives us the species name of the […]

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Anise

Anise, Pimpinella anisum has a strong licorice flavor and is tasty in teas and cakes. It is soothing to the nervous system and contains plant estrogens. The male energy of Anise is aligned with the planet Jupiter and Mercury and the Air element. See also star anise Use anise in preparations for purification, blessing and increasing […]

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Alfalfa

Alfalfa has been cultivated for animal fodder for centuries. Its high nutritional and caloric value, perennial habit and ability to regrow after being chopped down repeatedly makes it a useful and sustainable forage plant and hay crop. A legume, it is also useful as a nitrogen-fixing cover crop, improving the soil its grown in. Alfalfa […]

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