Sweet Treefoil and Gernot Katzer’s Spice Pages

Sweet Treefoil and Gernot Katzer’s Spice Pages

This is a new plant we are growing this season and so far it seems to enjoy living on Southern Vancouver Island. A common plant in the Swiss Alps Sweet Treefoil ( Trigonella caerulea ) is another nitrogen fixing member of the Fabaceae (Pea) plant family. This week I found another amazing on-line database, this time on spice plants and uses. One strength of the Gernot Katzer’s Spice Pages is he has indexed the information in several different ways. A “regular” index in English and German, but also the spices are indexed by Spice Mixtures they are used in, Geographic location they are grown in, a Botanical index, and a Morphological index which sorts the plants by the part used in cooking. Best of all there is an index of herbs and spices listed in several different foreign languages. This would of been very useful for me last week when I was trying to help a Turkish couple purchase herb plants, but they only new the plant names in Turkish !