Herb Information Sheets

Tomato Terminology #3 – To Be(efsteak) or not to Be(efsteak)

Tomato Terminology #3 – To Be(efsteak) or not to Be(efsteak)

The story of the shapes and sizes of tomatoes There’s beefsteak tomatoes, and then there’s a tomato cultivar called Beefsteak, which is, unsurprisingly a beefsteak type. So when a customer asks me for a beefsteak tomato, and I say “Sure, which one?”, I fully understand […]

Tomato Terminology #2 – Indeterminate vs. Determinate

Tomato Terminology #2 – Indeterminate vs. Determinate

Indeterminate vs Determinate Tomatoes come in two growth habit types – determinate, or bush varieties, and indeterminate or vining varieties. DICTIONARY: Growth habit of a plant in horticulture refers to the shape, height, form, and general appearance of a plant species. Basically answering the question […]

Tomato Terminology #1 – Heirlooms vs. Hybrids

Tomato Terminology #1 – Heirlooms vs. Hybrids

Welcome to the first in a series of All Things Tomato Have you browsed your seed catalogs and seen little tags next to plant names saying “F1 Hybrid” or “Open Pollinated”? Have you been told by farmer’s market salesmen about their tomatoes only being “heirlooms”? […]

Aloe vera

Aloe vera

Aloe vera Aloe vera is an evergreen succulent perennial with narrow fleshy dull green leaves with spiny margins. Its healing gel (plant sap) is used externally for scrapes, cuts, burns, bruises and skin irritations. Internal use is cautioned as it may cause some discomfort. Aloe is also […]

Mustard family (Brassica spp)

Mustard family (Brassica spp)

Many herbs and vegetables fall in the mustard family (Brassica spp). Commonly known as cruciferous vegetables, they include numerous species of wild plants, weeds, and cultivated crops that give us fresh foods, medicines, and processed foods such as mustard and oil. The mustard family give us various […]

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)

You either love it, or hate it. Coriander, cilantro or dahnia, is an annual herb much used in Indian and Thai cuisine. Apparently the love/hate relationship towards cilantro can be explained by genetics! The plant is prone to bolting in very hot climates, and are […]

Chillies!

Chillies are a personal favourite of mine. With the differences in cultivars among the five domesticated species of Capsicum, there’s shapes, colours, flavours and heat-levels to suit anyone! Great in food, good for you, and easy to grow, chillies make a rewarding herb/spice to keep in […]

Basil (Ocimum spp)

There is such a large variety of basil available! From sweet to spicy cinnamon or lip-smacking lemon flavoured, some are small-leaved and bushy while others make large lettuce-like leaves, there are bright green or deep purple leaves, some with frilly edges and others with straight margins. Used as […]

Rockets – Salad (Eruca sativa), Wild (Diplotaxis tenuifolia) and Perennial (Eruca sylvestris)

Rockets – Salad (Eruca sativa), Wild (Diplotaxis tenuifolia) and Perennial (Eruca sylvestris)

Fresh peppery leaves of rocket (either the cultivated salad rocket, or what is known as wild rocket) are a delightful addition to salads and sandwiches. Salad Rocket Belonging to the mustard family (Brassicaceae), salad rocket, or simply rocket is also known as rucola, rugula, colewort, […]

Poppy – Shirley Summer Mix (Papaver rhoeas)

Poppy – Shirley Summer Mix (Papaver rhoeas)

These beautiful poppies are a delight in any springtime garden – their nodding heads of fragile looking tissue-papery blooms come in many shades and tints and can be single or double blooms. Selected for their colour variations in the late 1800’s from the Flanders Poppy, and painstakingly […]



Please note that due to stock-take and a phenomenal start to the season, the MeadowSweet online shop will not fulfill orders for a few weeks (10 Nov - 20 Nov) . You can still catch me at the Orewa Farmers Market, or you are most welcome to send inquiries on plant availability. Thank you ! Minette - MeadowSweet Herbs Dismiss