Altruism in owls? Chicks perform surprisingly generous act

Baby birds are sometimes known to shove their siblings out of the nest to gain their parents’ undivided attention, but barn owl chicks appear to be more altruistic. Scientists recorded the hissing calls of hungry and full barn owl nestlings (Tyto alba, pictured), then played the sounds back to single chicks settled in nests stocked … Continue reading Altruism in owls? Chicks perform surprisingly generous act

Black Pepper

Piper nigrum Also, Known As: Black Pepper The common herbal product known as the black pepper is a well-known spice around the world and is used in almost every home, this herb is native to southern India, though it is now cultivated widely in many tropical countries of the world. The plant itself is a … Continue reading Black Pepper

Dandelion, A Common Garden Herb

Taraxacum officinale Also, Known As: Blow Ball Cankerwort Dandelion Lion's Tooth Pissabed Priest's-crown Puff Ball Pu Gong Ying Pu-kung-ying Swine Snout Telltime White Endive Wild Endive The dandelion is a common garden herb, with easily recognized flowers. During the spring season, the leaves and the root of the dandelion begin to produce mannitol, which is … Continue reading Dandelion, A Common Garden Herb


Salvia officinalis Also, Known As: Common Sage Dalmatian Sage Garden Sage Meadow Sage Red Sage Sage Scarlet Sage True Sage Considered all across the world as a valuable culinary spice, and cultivated everywhere, the sage is a perennial shrub that grows best in its wild state in Europe and in the Mediterranean areas of the … Continue reading Sage


Rosmarinus officinalis Also, Known As: Compass Weed Dew of the Sea Garden Rosemary Incensier Mary's Mantle Mi-tieh-hsiang Old Man Polar Plant Rosemary Rosemary Plant Rosmarinus officinalis L. (family Lamiaceae), is also known as rosemary. This herb is an evergreen shrub, with lovely aromatic linear leaves. Colored a dark shade of green above and white below, … Continue reading Rosemary


Eugenia carpophyll Ata syn. Syzygium aromaticum Also, Known As: Clove The association of the clove with human society is old indeed. The ancient Chinese Han dynasty - lasting from 207 B.C. to A.D. 220, gives us our first clue to the uses of the fragrant clove. Chinese physicians of that era wrote that the court … Continue reading Clove


Artemisia dracunculus Also, Known As: Dragon's Mugwort Estragon French Tarragon German Tarragon Tarragon True Tarragon Tarragon is a green perennial shrub that is smooth and lacking in hairs and bristles. The shrub is native to the sunny and dry regions of the northern hemisphere, especially the United States, Asia, and Siberia. The plant derives its … Continue reading Tarragon

Parsley: Health Benefits, Facts, Research.

Parsley is often an afterthought - an additive used to enhance the flavor or presentation of an already existing dish. Using herbs and spices like parsley in cooking is a great way to boost flavor and look of a dish without adding sodium, but also a way to provide additional nutrients and health benefits at … Continue reading Parsley: Health Benefits, Facts, Research.


Petroselinum crispum Also, Known As: Common Parsley Curly Parsley Flat-leaved Parsley Parsley Parsley (botanical name Petroselinum crispum) belongs to the family Apiaceae and is among the most well-known herbs that are extensively used for garnishing of over 2,000 years, but it is hardly ever consumed. In addition, the leaves, fruits and the root of this … Continue reading Parsley


Anthriscus cere folium Also, Known As: Chervil Beaked Parsley French Parsley Garden Chervil Gourmet Parsley Salad Chervil Chervil (botanical name Anthriscus cere folium) is an elegant annual herb that grows up to a height of anything between 30 cm and 45 cm (about 12 inches and 18 inches). This plant is indigenous to the southern … Continue reading Chervil