Chives belong to the same family as onion, leeks and garlic. They are a perennial member of the onion family that sport beautiful purple flowers. They are a hardy, drought-tolerant perennial growing to about 10-12 inches tall.
Garlic is an annual bulbous herbaceous plant in the family Amaryllidaceae, which is grown for its pungent, edible bulb. The plant can either have a short, woody central stem (hard neck) or a softer pseudo stem made up of overlapping leaf sheaths (soft neck).
Mint is an aromatic perennial herb belonging to the family Lamiaceae and is grown for its leaves. The leaves are used fresh or dried to make teas, jams and desserts. Essential oil can be extracted from the leaves and is used as a flavoring
Parsley is a biennial culinary herb of the Umbelliferae/ Apiaceae family which is commercially cultivated as an annual in many parts of the world for its attractive and aromatic leaves. The herb is used in flavouring salads, soups and meat among other dishes, and is also used for garnishing
Sage is a shrubby, perennial evergreen plant which belongs to the family Lamiaceae. It is grown for its aromatic leaves, which are used fresh or dry as a culinary herb. Oil can be extracted from the leaves and flowers of the plant and be used as a flavoring in alcoholic drinks and as a scent in perfume.
Basil is a tender, leafy, fragrant annual herb, with a bushy appearance, mainly grown for its leaves. It is one of the most popular herbs used in cooking today, famous for its aroma and flavor. Its flavor is known to increase when cooked.
Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) belongs to the family Apiaceae and is commonly known as Dhania. It is a bright green annual herb which is erect and hairless growing to about 40-60cm tall. In Kenya, coriander is grown in warm to cold regions for its attractive spicy leaves used to season food and salads, and its pungent seeds which are processed into mixed spices and curry powder.