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Traditional Edible Herbs

Almost everyone has a basic knowledge of herbs, but that doesn't mean they don't sometimes forget things or get information wrong. With this in mind, this book aims to serve as a quick, go-to catalouge of one thousand herbs. This book will mainly be comprised of charts and diagrams that can be scanned quickly to gather the bare, essential knowledge of the herb being sought out.

Herb Name Classification Habitat Description
Anise Edible Mediterranean, Southwest Asia  A small shire flower, this plant is often found growing wildly. Its seeds, however, are highly prized for their wealth of essential oil. They can also be ground and used in jellies, humbugs, and the popular aniseed balls. They can also be distilled into liquor.
Basil  Edible India, Tropical Asia This is a leafy herb, used in the cuisine of many cultures in soups , sauces, and in general seasoning. Its leaves are strong, pungent, and sweet smelling. Its seeds can be used in certain traditional Asian Drinks and desserts.
Black Cohosh Edible Much of N. America This plant is a member of the buttercup family. Its roots can be used for certain medical purposes, but more recently it is used in many teas. It is also a sort of novelty in muggle gardens.
Marigold     Edible Mediterranean This small yellow flower is popular in many gardens. It is also an excellent addition to salads. It can be used as a replacement for saffron in some recipes when dried. It is also used to color cheeses.

Catnip Edible Much of N. America The leaves of this plant are often distilled for use in teas and juices that are popular in many cultures. They can also be smoked. It is also known for the behavioral effects it has on cats and for its ability to repel insects.
Dandelion  Edible Eurasia and N. America Typically found to be “weeds” in common muggle gardens, their leaves, flowers, and roots all have very important uses in wizarding society. It is most predominantly used in modern times for food. Many varieties are cultivated for salad and its flowers are particularly good for use in wine, coffee substitutes, and soft drinks.
Sage  Edible Eurasia Sage is small, perennial flowering plant. In muggle gardens it has become an ornamental plant in addition to its use as a common herb in seasoning, most predominantly fatty meats and in sauces. It is commonly grown throughout Europe for its essential oils.

Stinging Nettle  Edible The Americas and Eurasia Equipped with “stinging hairs” this plant is often avoided in most common muggle households, but it has a rich history of magical, medicinal, and edible features. This plant can be diluted into cordial or non-alcoholic beer. It can also be used for soups, and pesto.
Chicory  Edible N. America, Australia, Europe. Besides its magical history, Chicory has been used as a coffee substitute for close to a century; it can also be grown for salad. It is often woody with small blue flowers.

Amaranth  Edible ~/~ It can be eaten as a leafy plant or grain-like cereal, and is found in many muggle gardens as an ornamental.
Burdock Edible Africa and Eurasia The taproot of this plant is often harvested as a common root vegetable. It was also historically used in many meads, and even now can be used in soft drinks along with dandelion.
Purslane  Edible Middle East It can be eaten as a leafy vegetable, though every part of this plant is in actuality edible. It is often used as soup and stew additives. It is considered a weed in much of the world.

Thistle Edible Europe It is the floral emblem of Scotland. The stalks can be cleaned and eaten by themselves much like celery.
Bullrush  Edible Europe It can also be eaten in various forms. Historically it was ground throughout Europe as a grinding grain. Now it is used in a variety of different ways. The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked, its developing flower can be boiled and eaten like corn on the cob, and it can also be used as a source of oil.
Lovage  Edible Europe and Asia It is a tall perennial plant with shiny yellow-green leaves. These leaves can be used in soups or salads, and its roots can be used as a vegetable as well.
Hibiscus Edible Warm-temperate, Tropical, and Subtropical Zones This tropical, flowering plant is a popular ornamental but it has many different uses. Its large, trumpet shaped flowers are often used to make tea that can be served either hot or cold. When dried it is considered a delicacy in some countries and can also be candied and used as a garnish. They can also be distilled into a natural replacement for food dyes.
Lavender Edible Africa, Mediterranean, Arabia, India The leaves of this flower are long and narrow and the flowers range in color from blue to violet. The honey produced by bees that gather nectar from this flower is extremely high-quality. It can also be used as an herb or paired with light cheeses to add a sweet, floral taste. It is used in the Americas to make scones and marshmallows.
Sunflower     Edible The Americas A large, sunny flower, the oil extract from its many seeds is a popular cooking oil and can be used to produce margarine. Its seeds themselves are also edible. In most places it is considered a weed.
Peppermint     Edible Europe This leafy plant has a high methanol content. It is used in teas and in flavoring various things. A milder honey can also be produced from peppermint flowers.
Spearmint Edible North America     Spearmint is often grown for its oil. Its leaves can be used in a variety of different ways; often they are preserved and used in mixed drinks or tea. Its oils are used in many confectionary delicacies as well.