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Jekka McVicar’s herbs for Johnsons

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Native herbs are top 3 sellers

British herbs are back in fashion, with the top three sellers in Johnsons’ Jekka’s Herbs range being borage, chives and white-flowering borage.

Jekka McVicar, the well-known herb expert, chose 47 species and varieties to be included in the selection, including ‘classics’ and some more unusual names.

Many are suitable for growing in pots, making them ideal for people with tiny gardens, a balcony, or a windowsill.

The range is offered in large-format packets, featuring Jekka’s photography on the front and her sowing, growing and usage advice on the reverse.

White-flowering borage has been a real hit, with its star-like flowers which bees love. It can be added to summer drinks and salads, or crystallised for cake decorations, or eat the young leaves in salads.

Jekka said: “With the surge in foraging and raw food, it is great to know that one can actually grow traditional, wild, country, culinary herbs from seed, rather than to have to go foraging in the countryside.

“For example, salad burnet is highly original, as it is a soft-leaved evergreen, which means one can pick the new shoots all year round. The leaves have a nutty, cucumber flavour, lovely in many forms of salads or with egg and fish dishes.

“Another, wild strawberry, is a great favourite with children and adults alike, and the leaves make a delicious tea when picked young and tender”.

Johnsons range of seeds is available from major stores and garden centres and at www.johnsons-seeds.com.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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