Why herbs evolved to smell and taste so delicious


What gives culinary herbs like lavender such strong strong scents and tastes?

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I’ve completely non-dramatically been referring to this spring and summer as slugmageddon. If you’re a gardener in northern Europe, you probably know what I mean – the mild winter and wet spring has led to staggering numbers of slugs and snails. Every morning I dread looking out the window to discover the night’s damage, and you, like me, may now have a…

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