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The Encyclopedia of Herbs: A Comprehensive Reference to Herbs of Flavor and Fragrance

By Arthur O. Tucker and Thomas DeBaggio

Edited by Francesco DeBaggio

An excellent reference tool and guide to growing. Highly recommended.


This meticulously researched compendium provides every aspect of growing, identifying, harvesting, preserving, and using more than 500 species of herbs. Thorough profiles provide a plant's botanical name and family, whether it is an annual or perennial, its height, hardiness, light requirements, water consumption, required soil type, and pH. The often fascinating history of the plant, the chemistry of its essential oils, and its culinary, landscape, and craft uses are also included, as is advice on how to propagate.

For the first edition of their work, both authors received The Gertrude B. Foster Award for Excellence in Herbal Literature from the Herb Society of America. This new edition adds important species and includes updated nomenclature.

Awards for this book: Library Journal's Best Reference Award

About the authors

Arthur O. Tucker

Arthur O. Tucker is a botanist specializing in the identification and chemistry of plants of flavor, fragrance, and medicine. He is the research professor and director of the Claude E. Phillips Herbarium, and an emeritus professor at Delaware State University.

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Thomas DeBaggio

Thomas DeBaggio — the founder of DeBaggio's Herb Farm and Nursery, now located in Chantilly, Virginia, and run by his son, Francesco — worked as both a professional herb grower and a journalist, writing extensively for leading gardening and herb magazines, including The Herb Companion.

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