APART from their enticing aroma and fresh flavour, herbs nourish the body.
The Consumers Association of Penang is encouraging the public to grow herbs at home and add them to dishes.
At the CAP booth at Occupy Beach Street on Sunday, the association shared simple and nutritious recipes using herbs in their ‘From Garden to Plate’ guide.
Dishes cooked with herbs were on display such as butterfly pea flower coloured rice, daun kaduk (wild pepper leaf) fritters, cilantro sauce and mint tea.
CAP education officer N.V. Subarrow said many people grew herbs but did not know how to add them to their diet.
“The guide teaches them how to grow herbs, their medicinal value and how to make the best use of them,” he said.
Subbarow (in green) briefing visitors at the CAP booth which shows off herbal food samples including daun kaduk fritters, cilantro sauce and mint tea.
Subarrow said CAP also came up with a book on home gardening.
“This our first roadshow on herbs. We plan on visiting schools and hospitals as well as joining health-related programmes.
“There will also be a monthly session on this topic at the CAP office.
“We plan to expand this programme nationwide, encouraging and targeting housewives to grow their own herbs and use them in their daily cooking,” he said.
Travel agent Sally Koh, 64, stopped by the booth and enjoyed learning about the various herbs and their benefits.
“We know that herbs are good for us but many of us do not know their exact benefits and how to use them,” she said.
Manager A. Tharman, 37, said it was important to plant herbs and vegetables at home.
“Prices of food are going up so growing your own greens is one way to cut cost.
“It also helps to know what went into the growth process,” he said.
The guide on growing herbs is available for purchase at the CAP office in Jalan Masjid Negeri.
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