Rainy season had started over one month ago and this is the time to plant herbs . These herbs can easily root and can be used in cooking or warding off insects.
Five Herbs to Plant this Rainy Season
1.) Pandanus amaryllifolius is a tropical plant which is common in South Asia, Southeast Asia and some Polynesian countries. This is locally known as pandan / “mabangong pandan” or fragrant pandan. Its leaves are highly popular for cooking rice, the leaves are gathered and are best added to jasmine rice, white rice or basmati rice. The leaves are are used to create buko-pandan fruit desserts , Leaf extracts have been thought to reduce fever, relieve indigestion and flatulence.
Try cut off healthy young ones from a parent plant with at least two or three aerial roots and placed them in a container of water with enough room for the plants to stand upright with roots only partially submerged, then added a very little bit of rooting hormone.
Try to change the water every 2 to 3 days to avoid mosquitoes breeding, One can try to plant the young sapling in loose soil or in pots in filtered sunlight.
2.) Basil -This is an important herb used in many types of cooking. Basil is a wonderful addition to a container garden. It thrives in well-drained soil, positioned in a sunny window.
In addition to sowing basil from seed, a cutting of basil will easily root when placed in water.
3.) Lemon Grass scientifically called Cymbopogon citratus – Locally called ” Tanglad or Salaid” in Tagalog speaking provinces.
This is a favorite aromatic spice among Asian countries . Apart from folk medicines, lemongrass is commonly used in Asian cuisines, especially those of Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia. It is used for adding flavor to beverages such as teas, curries and soups, and also finds extensive use in the preparation of pudding, meat products, candies and baked goods.
Aside from its culinary value , Lemongrass is used in the manufacturing of shampoos and grooming products for pets due to its repellent effects on lice and ticks.
It grows best on well-drained sandy loam soil; it even thrives on light sandy soils, provided they are well manured. It can be grown in pots .
4.) Peppermint-Peppermint generally grows best in moist, shaded locations, and expands by underground rhizomes.
5.) Oregano , Mexican Mint or Plectranthus amboinicus formerly called ( Coleus amboinicus ) It is widely cultivated and naturalized elsewhere in the Old and New World tropics, where it is used as a medicine, spice and ornamental.
The leaves are strongly flavored and make an excellent addition to stuffing for meat and poultry.
Plectranthus amboinicus is very commonly grown as a potted plant. It is a fast-growing plant. Propagation is by stem cuttings, but it can also be grown from seeds. This is one of the herbs that is commonly grown in the country and endorsed by former DOH and Department of Health secretary( term 1995) Jaime Galvez Tan .