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Farmer promotes underutilised herbs

Basil can be used in many different ways

A US farmer and chef, Scott Kresge, has launched the US National Herb Day Festival in hopes of kindling greater interest in culinary herbs.

The owner of Flint Hill Farm hopes the event will change how people view herbs, such as rosemary, bay leaves, basil and thyme.

"Herbs are underutilised because cooks get into the rut of using a certain herb in a certain way. They're not willing to experiment with them," explains Mr Kresge.

The chef used the example of basil, saying that cooks often use it only for pesto and other popular sauces.

"But there are all kinds of basil and many ways to use them," he said.

"Experimenting with sweet vanilla basil or sweet cinnamon basil takes them out of their comfort zone."

Chefs from local restaurants will demonstrate innovative ways of integrating herbs into recipes, while there will be sessions showing how to turn herbs into cosmetics and cleaning agents.

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