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Lemongrass
Lemongrass Cymbopogon flexuosus Open-pollinated. Nikos searched for years for this culinary strain of lemongrass, native to Southeast Asia, used in food and medicine there for millennia, and adopted worldwide for the bright lemony flavor it imparts. Coarse grass sets 6–12 harvestable stalks, looking something like pencil leeks, slightly bulbous at the base. Harvest the tough stalks low; the plants will re-grow, though probably only to 3' here in Maine rather than the 6' achieved in the tropics. Use chopped or ground, fresh, dried or frozen, add to soups, sauces and stir-fries, or make into a delicious medicinal tea to aid digestion. Holli Cederholm reports that it’s well worth growing for market: her customers raved about its quality compared to the supermarket’s, and a caterer bought it regularly for infusing mixed drinks. Perennial in Zones 9-11, grown as an annual in our climate unless potted up and brought indoors for the winter. Not a great germinator; 40% is considered good. Sow indoors and transplant out 8–12" apart. ~2,000 seeds/g.
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4587A: 0.1g for $1.60  
4587B: 0.3g for $3.60  
4587C: 1.2g for $9.00  
4587D: 6g for $18.00  
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Fedco Supports Avena Botanicals Herbal Apothecary

Maine herbalist Deb Soule founded Avena Botanicals in 1985 to provide organically grown herbal remedies to people living in rural areas. In the changing landscape of FDA regulations and the herbal-supplement industry, small businesses like Avena face increasing legal and financial pressures to comply with the same rules that mass-manufacturing companies do.

Your support will help Avena complete an FDA compliance manual so they can continue making high-quality hand-crafted medicines. Avena will then offer this manual as a free community resource to help other herbalists comply with the FDA and stay in business.

Fedco supports Avena’s mission to promote traditional plant medicines as an alternative to mass-produced herbal supplements.

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Herbs

Statements about medicinal use of plants have not been evaluated by the FDA, and should not be used for the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any ailment. Before using or ingesting any medicinal plant, consult a healthcare practitioner familiar with botanical medicine.

About medicinal herbs: Archeological evidence dates the medicinal use of herbs back 60,000 years to the Neandertals. 85% of the world’s population employ herbs as medicines, and 40% of pharmaceuticals in the U.S. contain plant-derived materials. Fewer than 10% of higher plant species have been investigated for their medicinal components. Interest in traditional herbal remedies continues to grow.

Herb culture: To substitute fresh herbs for dried in cooking, use triple the dried quantity called for in a recipe.

Drying herbs at home is not difficult. Whole leaves retain their flavor at least a year.

Some herbs are customarily grown from divisions because they cannot come true from seed, such as scented thymes and flavored mints. Some require fall sowing of fresh seed, such as sweet cicely and angelica, and these become available in August or September.

Chervil and Parsley are listed with the Greens.

Takinagawa Burdock and Resina Calendula, as well as oats, mammoth red clover and alfalfa in the Farm Seed section, also have medicinal uses. Medicinal herbs such as black cohosh and goldenseal are available as plants, and shipped with Trees in the spring.