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Soil-Grown Lemon Balm

Soil-Grown Lemon Balm

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Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is a perennial herb from the mint family, known for its lemon-scented leaves. Native to Europe, North Africa, and West Asia, it has become widespread in many other regions. Here are some key aspects of Lemon Balm:

  1. Appearance: It has light green leaves that are slightly hairy and have a textured surface. The plant produces small white or yellowish flowers in summer, which are attractive to bees.

  2. Scent and Flavor: As the name suggests, the leaves have a mild lemon scent, which is more pronounced when they are crushed. The flavor is subtly lemony and slightly minty, often used to add a fresh, citrusy note to dishes and drinks.

  3. Culinary Uses: Lemon Balm is used in various culinary preparations, including herbal teas, salads, soups, and as a garnish. Its leaves are often added to fruit dishes and desserts for a citrus flavor.

  4. Medicinal Uses: Historically, Lemon Balm has been used for its medicinal properties. It is known for its calming effects and is sometimes used to ease stress and anxiety. It has also been used to help with digestive issues and to improve sleep quality.

  5. Cultivation: Lemon Balm is relatively easy to grow in temperate climates. It prefers well-drained soil and can be grown in both sun and partial shade. It's a popular choice for herb gardens and can be grown in pots or containers.

  6. Harvesting: The leaves can be harvested before the plant flowers for the best flavor. They can be used fresh or dried for later use.

Lemon Balm is valued not only for its pleasant scent and flavor but also for its therapeutic qualities, making it a versatile herb in both culinary and medicinal applications.

Nutrient Farm Herbs are produced with the highest levels of farming stewardship.

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