Product: Lemon Verbena
Latin Name: Aloysia triphylla syn. Lippia citriodora, Aloysia citrodora, Lippia triphylla, Verbena triphylla.
Plant Family: Verbenaceae
Other Names: Cedron, Lemon Beebrush, Hierba de la Princesa, Lucia-Lima, Lemon Luisa, Yerba Louisa & Verveine Citronelle.
Description: Lemon verbena is a deciduous perennial shrub native to north-western Argentina and southern Bolivia, and can be found in North America and Europe. It reaches a height of up to 2 metres; the leaves are highly fragrant, 7-10cm in length, lanceolate with parallel veins at right-angles to the mid-rib. The edges of the leaf are rough and bristly to the touch and are bright green in colour. The small tubular flowers are pale lilac, and grow in terminal panicles.
Brief History: First introduced to the rest of Europe in the mid-18th Century, two of its common names Lemon Luisa and Yerba Louisa are said to have been inspired by Marie Louisa, Princess of Parma (1748 - 1819), who later became Queen of Spain. In 'Gone with the Wind', Scarlett O'Hara declared that lemon verbena was the favourite scent of her mother.
SUGGESTED USELemon verbena makes delicious herb butter for drizzling over steak and corn on the cob for a summer barbecue. The leaves add a lemony flavour to fish, poultry and white meat dishes, vegetable marinades, salad dressings, jams, jellies, puddings especially fruit salads and fruit based drinks. A soothing tea can also be made from the leaves.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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