We’re talking about Helichrysum, the curry-scented herb that is easy to grow and fantastic in the kitchen for adding that spicy and exotic touch to your dishes. Read our news!
Helichrysum italicum, more commonly known as helichrysum or curry plant, is a shrubby plant from the Asteraceae (Composite) family and is grown and sold by RB Plant Albenga as a part of the Sunny heRBS line.
The plant originates from Southern Europe and is typical of the Mediterranean scrub where it perfumes the surrounding environment with its characteristic scent.
Helichrysum is a perennial plant that has the unusual trait of being completely covered with a thick whitish fur, the source of its characteristic aroma.
The branchless trunk of the Helichrysum can reach up to thirty centimetres in height and the leaves are lance shaped. During the summer the plant produces tiny, pale, yellow-coloured inflorescences.
Helichrysum is mainly used in perfumery and in the medicinal field for its notable curative properties, but it is also highly appreciated in the kitchen.
Helichrysum: how to grow
Like all thermophilic plants, Helichrysum prefers the hot temperate climates typical of the Mediterranean. It can be grown successfully in cooler climates as long as it is protected properly from the cold and preferably located in a constantly sunny position.
These plants love stony, sandy, dry, lime-rich and well drained soils and has a strong dislike for stagnant water.
Helichrysum: culinary use
With their slight curry scent, Helichrysum leaves add flavour and structure to risottos, soups, poultry dishes, vegetables and stuffing. The leaves’ flavour is vaguely similar to liquorice and for this reason they are also used in the preparation of Trappist beers.
Helichrysum is an herb that is used to add a spicey and exotic touch to your dishes.