Culinary herbs are aromatic, edible plants used in small quantities to add flavour dishes – and knowledge of them will help make you a more adventurous cook! This culinary herb course is ideal for gardeners, herb farmers, cooks, chefs or anyone interested in extending their culinary skills.
Certificate of Culinary Herbs is an online course that will show you how to grow, harvest and use herbs to enhance your culinary pursuits!
In this culinary herb course, you will discover how to identify and grow edible herbs, drying methods to preserve flavour, methods for improving soil, water management, propagation, dealing with pests, disease and environmental problems, and establishing herb plants.
You will learn about harvesting roots, leaves, seeds and fruits of herbs and hints for using herbs in cooking, including meals, herbal teas, vinegars, oils, butters, cheeses, salts, sugars and honey.
On completion of this course, you will feel confident to grow, harvest and use herbs to develop your cooking skills and explore more adventurous dishes.
Unit - Culinary Herbs
Unit 1 – Introduction to culinary herbs
Scope and nature of culinary herbs
Herbs and horticulture
Accurately naming herbs
Pronunciation of plant names
Groups of plants
Other common groupings include:
Plant review worksheets
Naming the plant
Describing the plant
Illustrating the plant
Example of a plant identification worksheet
Unit 2 – Culture
Correct growing conditions
Soils and soil texture
Ph and herbs
The nutrient elements
Nutrient availability and ph
Deficiencies and toxicities
More is not better!
Water and plant growth – why is water important to plants?
Symptoms of water deficiency
Symptoms of water excess
Improving water retention
Diagnosis of some plant disorders
Some methods for controlling certain insect pests
Some plant diseases and their control methods
Water management for herbs
Diagnosing plant health problems
Pests, disease and environmental problems
Planting, staking, and establishing herb plants, etc.
Hail, wind, shade and temperature
Cultivation requirements of some culinary herbs
Basic planting procedure
Time of planting
Bare rooted plants
The no dig method of growing
Weeds can also be useful
Weed control methods
Unit 3 – Propagate herbs and create a kitchen garden
Propagation of herbs
How to sow seeds in containers
Pricking out or tubing seedlings
Cutting propagation (asexual)
Factors affecting the strike rate of cuttings
Softwood cuttings and semi hardwood cuttings
Hardwood cuttings: evergreen and deciduous
Hardening off young plants
Hardening off methods
Layering – when to layer
Potting up plants
Propagation equipment and materials
Greenhouses and hotbeds
Cold-frames and shade-houses
Mist systems and fluorescent light boxes
Simple structures for propagating plants
Rejuvenating perennial herbs
Designing a culinary herb garden
Herb garden design methods
Guidelines for planning a fragrant herb garden
When designing your garden think about herbs and their water requirements
Consider companion planting when designing your herb garden
Petroselinum crispum (Parsley) (Apiaceae or Umbelliferae)
Pimpinella anisum (Anise) (Apiaceae)
Sanguisorba minor (Salad Burnet)
Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion) (Asteraceae or Compositae)
Quick reference herb chart
Unit 6 – Other important culinary herbs
Lamiaceae (mint family) herbs
Lemon Scented Herbs
Commercial Mint Production
Lemon Balm Hints
Hints for Rosemary
Salvia officinalis (sage)
Lavender to eat
Unit 7 – The lesser grown varieties
Some less commonly grown culinary herbs
Other less commonly grown herb type plants
Capparis; and many more
Using australian native plants as flavourings
Unit 8 – A PBL Project on a selected genus of culinary herbs
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