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Simon Weir, of Turf Croft Herbs, grows most of our herbs, in a small farm in the New Forest. He has been growing herbs for nearly 30 years now, and has always shied away from using chemicals and pesticides. However, since there was little interest in organic herbs until recently, it was only a few years ago that he applied for organic certification; he just sold his herbs as conventional produce. Recent interest in organic growing means Simon has changed few of his growing techniques, but they have finally been given the appreciation they deserve.
During the winter season, we source some of our herbs from a family-run farm set up by Francesco Barduca in 1977 on the outskirts of Borgoricco in Italy. Francesco Barduca has always combined a love for the soil with an awareness of the need for environmental protection.
Abel & Cole handles celery, celeriac and nuts on site. Due to our packing process and re-use of boxes there is a risk of cross-contamination from these, and all other allergens.
Bay leaves are great for seasoning meat and fish dishes but are mostly used in stews and soups. They should be stored in a cool dry place. Although they are suitable for home freezing, you should take care when defrosting as you need to ensure the leaves are dry before use.